New Delhi:The head and an editor of a news channel based in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, were arrested on Saturday after it allegedly aired defamatory content against Chief Minister Adityanath, The Indian Express reported.Nation Live had allegedly broadcast a video of a woman who claimed she wanted to marry Adityanath. Nation Live head Ishita Singh and Anuj Shukla, an editor, were arrested for allegedly propagating defamatory content.
Other side 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.He has been arrested under Section 67 of the Information Act and has been charged of criminal defamation and making statements causing “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. The police took him to Lucknow where he was formally arrested on Saturday evening.
The Editor’s Guild of India condemned the action against the media-persons and called it “an effort to intimidate the press, and stifle freedom of expression”. Many people on Twitter condemned the journalist’s arrest.In a separate case, Ishika Singh, who heads private news channel Nation Live, and Anuj Shukla, its editor, were arrested in Noida on Saturday evening.