I-T surveys at BBC offices: US says it supports importance of free press, freedom of expression globally
Washington : The US has said that it supports the importance of a free press, freedom of expression and freedom of religion as universal rights which are the “bedrock of democracies” around the world, including in India.
The remarks by State Department Spokesperson Ned Price came a day after the Income Tax department carried out a survey operation at the British Broadcasting Corporation’s offices in Delhi, Mumbai and two other linked locations as part of an investigation into alleged tax evasion.
The survey operation against the BBC in India continued for the second day on Wednesday. “We are aware of the search of the BBC offices in Delhi by Indian tax authorities. I would need to refer you to Indian authorities for the details of this search. Beyond this discrete action, what I’ll say more broadly is the general point that I’ve consistently made in this context, but in a universal context as well,” Price told reporters here.