Trialwatch Alarmed By Mounting Charges Against Indian Journalist Critical Of Modi
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is alarmed at the investigation launched this week into Indian journalist and Washington Post Global Opinions writer Rana Ayyub. Ms. Ayyub, who is known for her investigative reporting critical of Prime Minister Modi and his government, is facing charges of fraud and money laundering for alleged misuse of funds she received for COVID relief.
The case was prompted by a complaint from an individual affiliated with India’s ruling party. For one of the fraud charges alone, Ms. Ayyub faces up to seven years in prison.
These latest charges, and others mounting against Ms. Ayyub, appear to be an attempt to harass, intimidate, and silence her in response to her reporting, in particular on India’s handling of the COVID crisis….