Yesterday, freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested by UP Police for a social media post on Yogi Adityanath.
According to the Quint, the journalist had shared a video of a woman who claimed that she had been video-calling the chief minister and that she wanted to marry him.
Ishq chupta nahi chupaane se yogi ji pic.twitter.com/dPIexKheou— Prashant Jagdish Kanojia (@PJkanojia) June 6, 2019
This arrest has caused a social media outrage with many employing #ReleasePrashantKanojia demanding that the journalist be freed immediately.
Shocking for UP cops to arrest anyone for posting this news clip with a comment of his own. Adityanath perhaps doesn't know this woman and may consider the fact that Prashant took her claim of having video-chatted with him at face value 'objectionable'. But arrest is abuse of law https://t.co/A8wcfwnW5L— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) June 8, 2019
Shocked to hear about the arrest of my friend, journalist Prashant Kanojia @PJkanojia by UP Police for a Tweet.— Ovais Sultan Khan (@OvaisSultanKhan) June 8, 2019
I demand his unconditional and immediate release. #IStandWithPrashantKanojia#ReleasePrashantKanojia
"The arrest is apparently over social media posts he wrote about UP chief minister Adityanath." This dictatorship needs to stop. #IstandWithPrashantKanojia#ReleasePrashantKanojiahttps://t.co/Bg0B677Myh— Nabiya Khan (@NabiyaKhan11) June 8, 2019
Hypocrisy at its best.— Jatin Mehra (@jatsjatin1) June 8, 2019
Strong media outrage when WB police arrested a woman over her post on Mamta Banerjee but no action when UP police is doing the same over a sarcastic tweet against Ajay Singh Bisht.#Shame#ReleasePrashantKanojia
When will ruling govt's stop using power to silence people?— Rajat (@Cobrakai_1) June 8, 2019
Be it BJP or congress this shit doesn't stop!
The walls are closing in and it is suffocating to live in this environment everyday!
Absurd & gross abuse of law & police to arrest for posting a sarcastic tweet against Adityanath. Such abuse of law by police & politicos is increasing by the day in India https://t.co/yBkEW2atzU— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) June 8, 2019
UP Police is yet to respond to the calls of releasing the scribe.