BBC says omission of Jadhav’s mention from Pakistani minister’s interview ‘not an act of censorship’


British public broadcaster BBC has defended the omission of Indian death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mention from its interview with Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar, saying it was “not an act of censorship”.

In an interview to BBC’s Stephen Sackur for the ‘Hardtalk’, the finance minister answered questions on various issues of national importance, including the state of Pakistan’s economy and China–Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The TV version of the interview, however, did not contain his mention of Jadhav, who was sentenced to death in 2017 by a Pakistani military tribunal on spying charges.

Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari criticised the BBC for deleting the part about Jadhav, terming it “typical bias” on the part of the broadcaster. Read More

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