The Indian government continues to harass journalists. I’m facing prison over a tweet. – By Rana Ayyub
During the virtual Group of Seven summit a couple of weeks ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a joint statement to promote “freedom of expression, both online and offline, as a freedom that safeguards democracy and helps people live free from fear and oppression.”…
On June 15, the police in the state of Uttar Pradesh accused journalists, a publication and even Twitter in India of criminal conspiracy, promoting “enmity,” insulting religious beliefs and provoking riots in an attempt to destabilize the country. The accusation was made after a video circulated on social media of an elderly Muslim man who said he was attacked by a group of men….
The police… say those who shared the video were looking to stoke communal violence…. It’s not difficult to figure out why we are being targeted aggressively. I shared the video after a social media break…. Incidentally, the same day I was booked for my tweets by the Uttar Pradesh police, I received summons from multiple central government agencies asking me to respond within a week….