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India fails to pressurise the BBC, British MP hails the broadcaster for showing Kashmir as disputed territory

A British Member Parliament has hailed the British Broadcasting Corporation for depicting the Kashmir region as a disputed territory and not as part of India on its world service website.  

Bury North MP James Daly, shot a letter to the BCC in which he said that he was “extremely pleased that the map reflects the accurate status of the area.” 

The Parliamentarian wrote to the Director General of the BBC, Tim Davie, saying: “I hope you are able to resist any external pressure to change or amend the image, or not to reflect the disputed status of the area.”  

The copy of the letter which the Voice of Kashmir received states: “suggestions that the area is anything but a disputed territory would be inaccurate, and is likely to leave the BBC open to accusations of a lack of impartiality over the conflict.” 

“It could have the potential of arousing tensions amongst the Pakistani, Indian and Kashmiri diaspora here,” Daly wrote in his letter.  

The BBC “can’t be seen to be taking sides in international disputes. Therefore, I commend the accuracy of the image and I hope this remains the policy of the BBC,” the MP noted in his letter while giving a historic perspective of the Kashmir dispute.  

In recent years, the BBC has been under immense pressure from India and Indian lobbyists to show Kashmir as part of India. There attempts have failed so far. 

Last week, in a video broadcast about President-elect Joe Biden on BBC World Service entitled ‘US Election 2020: What do countries around the world want from Joe Biden’, the graphic depicting the map of India was highlighted in red with Kashmir missing. 

Despite hue and cry from an Indian-origin MP, the BBC didn’t remove the map showing Kashmir as disputed territory.  

The MP, backed by India’s twitter trolls had called on the BBC to withdraw the graphic and republish with the correct geographical boundaries and also called for action to prevent this happening again.

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