March 21, 2023

The Editors Guild of India has condemned submitting of police circumstances in opposition to journalists

New Delhi:

The Editors Guild of India has condemned submitting of police complaints in opposition to the information web site The Wire and several other journalists for his or her tweets on the assault of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad.

“…In the video that was posted by those charged, the man is seen alleging that he was beaten up by some people and was forced him to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’. Several media organisations and journalists, besides the ones charged by the police, posted this video on their social media feeds,” the Editors Guild stated in a press release at this time.

“Subsequently, there was an alternate version offered by the UP Police claiming the assault was borne out of a dispute regarding a talisman the elderly man had sold to some people, which was also reported by these media organisations and journalists,” the Editors Guild stated, highlighting the information organisations and journalists solely carried what the person claimed and later additionally took the police’s model, as is the case with every other report.

The Editors Guild stated it’s “deeply concerned by the UP Police’s track record of filing FIRs against journalists to deter them from reporting serious incidents without fear of reprisals.”

“It is the duty of journalists to report on the basis of sources and in case facts become contested later on, to report the emerging versions and facets. For police to wade into such professional calls by journalists and attribute criminality to their actions is destructive freedom of speech, which is constitutionally protected and is entrenched feature of the rule of law,” the Editors Guild stated.

“…The Guild condemns this wanton misuse of laws to criminalise reporting and dissent to harass independent media and demands that the FIRs be withdrawn immediately,” it stated.

A lawyer approached Delhi Police along with his grievance on Wednesday in opposition to actor Swara Bhasker, journalist Arfa Khanum and an individual named Asif Khan alleged that by way of their Twitter handles, they “got inspired from the incident and started a propaganda to spread hate amongst citizens”.

“Manish Maheshwari, the head of Twitter in India, did not take any action to remove these false tweets knowing the fact that the incident did not have any kind of communal angle”, the grievance says.

In the case filed by Uttar Pradesh Police, Twitter has been accused of not eradicating “misleading” content material linked to the incident. The costs the social media big faces embrace “intent to a riot, promoting enmity and criminal conspiracy”.

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