Indian police arrest Muslim journalist accused of insulting Hindus

뉴 델리Delhi police have arrested a prominent Muslim journalist, accusing him of insulting religious beliefs on social media, in a move condemned by free speech advocates.

Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of fact-checking website Alt News, which debunks misinformation in the Indian media, was arrested Monday and remanded overnight in police custody, said KPS Malhotra, a deputy commissioner in Delhi’s Cyber Crime Unit.
Malhotra said Zubair was arrested under two sections of the Indian Penal Code related to maintaining religious harmony.
    Zubair often tweets criticism of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for what he and other critics claim is a crackdown on the rights of the country’s roughly 200 million Muslims.
      His arrest comes amid repeated accusations by critics that the BJP is using colonial-era laws to quash any form of criticism and encourage self-censorship.
        Zubair’s lawyer, Kawalpreet Kaur, said the journalist had been summoned for questioning in relation to a 2020 criminal investigation into his social media postsfrom which he had previously been granted protection from arrest by the Delhi High Court. But when he responded to the summons, police arrested him over a separate case, 그녀가 말했다.
        Kaur showed CNN a police complaint in which a Twitter user accused Zubair of insulting Hindus on the platform in 2018, in a post about the renaming of a hotel after a Hindu god.
          She accused the authorities of not following proper procedure and of giving Zubair no notice.
          Malhotra, the deputy commissioner, did not respond to CNN’s questions about whether police had followed proper procedure during the arrest.
          이번달 초, Zubair had criticized the now suspended national spokesperson for the BJP, Nupur Sharma, for making derogatory comments about Islam’s Prophet Mohammedremarks that had set off a diplomatic row. 적어도 15 Muslim-majority nations condemned Sharma’s remarks, several of them summoning India’s ambassadors and describing the comments asIslamophobic.
          Among Zubair’s recent social media posts are videos he claims show Hindu extremists giving hate-speeches against Islam, a minority religion in India where nearly 80% of people are Hindu.
          Zubair’s arrest has outraged politicians, journalists and news organizations, who have demanded his release.
          The Editors Guild of India in a 성명서 Tuesday said it wasapparent that Alt Newsalert vigilance was resented by those who use disinformation as a tool to polarise society and rake nationalist sentiments.
          Shashi Tharoor, an MP from India’s opposition Congress party, said the arrest was anassault on truth.
            India’s few fact-checking services, especially Alt News, perform a vital service in our post-truth political environment, rife with disinformation,” Tharoor 썼다 트위터 월요일. “They debunk falsehoods whoever perpetrates them. To arrest (주바이르) is an assault on truth. He should be released immediately.
            The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday called on Indian authorities ...에 “immediately and unconditionally release” 주바이르, 과 “cease harassing him in retaliation for his work.

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