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Govt says YouTube removed BBC documentary; videos links still on

YouTube Is Believed To Have Removed The Controversial BBC Documentary On Nirbhaya Rape Convict After The Government Directed It Do So, But Users Can Still Access Links To The Video On Popular Video Sharing Site.

PTI | Updated on: 06 Mar 2015, 08:51:42 AM

New Delhi:

An upset government today served alegal notice on BBC over broadcast of controversial interviewof Delhi gangrape convict and said YouTube had removed the video even as it instructed telecom operators to ensure thatit is not available to their subscribers.

However, the documentary could still be viewed on the site. Officials said it could be still viewed because the almost hour-long video was available on the cache servers. Sources said many people had downloaded the video beforeit could be removed from the main server and some of themcould be uploading it again, as a result of which it could be still seen. 

Meanwhile, the government also instructed telecom operators to ensure that the video is not available to their subscribers, after reports came that the documentary, which has the interview of the rape convict Mukesh Singh, was available to mobile broadband users, official sources said.

The government, in its notice, told the BBC that it has"violated" the agreement of not using the documentary for commercial purpose and for this the British media giant was liable for legal action. "No necessary approval was taken by the BBC for the commercial use of the documentary. We have served the notice and waiting for their response. Further course of action isawaited," a Home Ministry official said.

The notice was served last evening, before the telecastof the film by the BBC in UK at 10 PM (GMT). It was served by Director General of Tihar jail Alok Kumar Verma through government standing counsel. Officials claimed that filmmaker Leslee Udwin had agreed to the condition that the documentary would not be used forcommercial purposes. However, she sold the rights of the film to BBC allegedly allowing it for using commercial purpose.   

The government also asked video sharing website YouTubeto remove the documentary as it is "very sensitive".   

In the evening, government sources said YouTube hadremoved it from its website. 

Earlier, government said necessary action willbe taken as the BBC ignored its advice and broadcast thecontroversial interview of Delhi gangrape convict.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Communicationand IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asking him to ensure that the video is removed from all social media sites. BBC aired the documentary, containing the controversial interview of a convict in the December 16,2012 gangrape despite a Delhi court prohibiting it. 

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First Published : 06 Mar 2015, 08:39:00 AM