“Journalists Should Not Be Jailed…”: UN Chief on Mohammed Zubair Arrest case: In response to the arrest of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair in India on Tuesday, a spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres said that journalists shouldn’t be imprisoned for what they write, tweet, or say, stressing the importance of allowing people to express themselves freely without the threat of harassment.
Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking website Alt News, was detained on Monday by the Delhi Police for allegedly offending religious sensitivities via a tweet he wrote in 2018.
He was presented before a magistrate, who gave him a day in police detention.
In response to Mr. Zubair’s detention, Stephane Dujarric, the Secretary-spokesman General’s said: “Individuals must have the freedom to express themselves everywhere in the world, including journalists who are free to do so without fear of intimidation.”
Dujarric was replying to a query on Mr. Zubair’s arrest during the daily press briefing in the United States.
Journalists shouldn’t be imprisoned for what they publish, tweet, or say. When asked again by a Pakistani journalist whether he was also advocating for Mr. Zubair’s release from detention, Dujarric said, “And that applies for anyplace in the globe, including in this room.
Days before Teesta Setalvad’s arrest by Gujarat police on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy, forgery, and planting false evidence in court to frame innocent individuals” in the 2002 Gujarat riots, Mr. Zubair was also taken into custody.
Concerned over the arrest and incarceration of social activist Ms. Setalvad, the UN Human Rights Office has demanded her immediate release.
On Saturday afternoon, Ms. Setalvad was taken into custody from her home in Mumbai’s Juhu neighborhood after an FIR was filed against her at the Ahmedabad crime branch in response to a report made by the crime branch inspector D. B. Barad. The Gujarat police unit transported her by road to Ahmedabad.
A day after being apprehended in Mumbai and sent to Gujarat, Ms. Setalvad was taken into custody by the Ahmedabad crime branch on Sunday.
“The arrest and incarceration of two former police officers and the #WHRD @TeestaSetalvad raise serious concerns for #India, and we demand their immediate release. They shouldn’t face repercussions for their activity and support of the victims of the Gujarat Riots in 2002 “Tuesday saw a tweet from UN Human Rights.
Social activist Ms. Setalvad and former state director general of police RB Sreekumar were remanded into police custody by an Ahmedabad court on Sunday in connection with a case of fabricating evidence to frame innocent people about the 2002 Gujarat riots. The court’s order was issued in connection with the matter.
Sanjiv Bhatt, a former member of the Indian Police Service (IPS), who is now serving a life term in prison in Palanpur in the Banaskantha district and is an accused, will be transported to Ahmedabad on a transfer warrant.
Ms. Setalvad, Mr. Sreekumar, and Mr. Bhatt are accused of abusing the legal system by planning to create evidence to falsely accuse innocent persons of a crime carrying the death penalty in connection with the riots in Gujarat in 2002.
On Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court rejected a plea challenging the SIT’s clearance of then-chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 riots cases, an FIR was filed against Ms. Setalvad, Mr. Sreekumar, and Mr. Bhatt.