June 6, 2022
The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) deplores the hostility repeatedly exhibited by politicians and vigilante groups towards journalists.
The targetting of Mohd Zubair, co-founder and Editor of Alt News, is a classic case of shooting the messenger. Zubair tweeted that BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma had made objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammad on TV. Sharma’s remarks were made on prime time TV which is watched by millions of people, not just the Alt News Editor, so singling him out is uncalled for.
Last week another tweet by Zubair led to filing of cases against him for calling Hindutva leaders Yati Narsinghanand, Mahant Bajrang Muni and Anand Swaroop ‘hate mongers’. That tweets can lead to the filing of cases shows the intent to harass. There is an urgent need to amend laws that can be so arbitrarily applied. This is the fifth case against the journalist.