Prashant Kanojia was picked up from his home in Delhi
He has been arrested under Section 67 of the Information Act
Mr Kanojia is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication
A Delhi-based journalist was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday for sharing what was considered an objectionable post on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media, the police have said. The same evening, the head of a private television news channel and its editor too were arrested in Noida for airing allegedly defamatory content on Yogi Adityanath, the police said.
Prashant Kanojia, a freelance journalist, was arrested after a complaint by a police officer in Lucknow, alleging he tried to “malign” the Chief Minister’s image.
Mr Kanojia 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.
He has been arrested under Section 67 of the Information Act and has been charged of criminal defamation and making statements conducing to public mischief.
The verified Twitter handle of Mr Kanojia said that he is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Mumbai University and has been associated with several media organisations.
He was picked up by the police from his home in Delhi’s West Vinod Nagar on Saturday afternoon and taken to Lucknow where he was formally arrested.
Many people on Twitter condemned the journalist’s arrest.
“…arrest is abuse of law,” tweeted Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor of The Wire where Mr Kanojia has worked in the past.