Zubair’s lawyer, Kawalpreet Kaur, said the journalist had been summoned for questioning in relation to a 2020 criminal investigation into his social media posts — from 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, 她说.
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.
本月初, Zubair had criticized the now suspended national spokesperson for the BJP
, 努普尔夏尔马, for making derogatory comments about Islam’s Prophet Mohammed
— remarks that had set off a diplomatic row
. 至少 15 Muslim-majority nations condemned Sharma’s remarks
, several of them summoning India’s ambassadors and describing the comments as
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 声明 Tuesday said it was
“apparent that Alt News
’ alert 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 an “assault 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 写
周一在推特上. “They debunk falsehoods whoever perpetrates them
. To arrest
(祖拜尔) is an assault on truth
. He should be released immediately.
The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday called on Indian authorities
至 “immediately and unconditionally release
” 祖拜尔, 和 “cease harassing him in retaliation for his work.