New Delhi/Lucknow: A freelance journalist, an editor of a TV channel and its owner have been arrested over contents that were considered an objectionable post on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The arrests have sparked a huge debate on social media on freedom of expression and the top editor’s body in the country calling it an “effort to intimidate” the media.
Prashant Kanojia, a freelance journalist, was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police in Delhi on Saturday for a tweet that had “objectionable comments” on Yogi Adityanath. The same evening, the head of private television news channel Nation Live and its editor too were arrested in Noida for airing allegedly defamatory content on the Chief Minister, the police said.Mr Kanojia, was picked up from his home in Delhi’s West Vinod Nagar after a complaint by a police officer in Lucknow, alleging he tried to “malign” the Chief Minister’s image. He had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside Yogi Adityanath’s office, claiming that she had sent him a marriage proposal.