A Jammu and Kashmir journalist has been arrested for allegedly uploading anti-national content on social media with “criminal intent” to provoke the public to disturb public order, police said on Friday.
Fahad Shah, editor of a news portal, was arrested after a case was registered by police in Pulwama district, south Kashmir.
“Pulwama Police have reliably learned that some Facebook users and portals upload anti-national content, including photographs, videos and messages, with criminal intent to create fear among the public and the content as well downloaded may cause the public to disturb law and order,” a police spokesperson said.
He said it was also learned that these Facebook users were uploading posts glorifying terrorist activities and causing a dent in the image of law enforcement, in addition to causing ill will and disaffection against the country.
“As the above activities of some of the Facebook users amount to the commission of recognizable offences, the Pulwama Police has registered a case under FIR No. 19/2022 under the relevant sections of the law and initiated an investigation” , said the spokesperson.
Shah was arrested during the investigation, he said, adding that the accused was in custody.
Shah was questioned earlier by police after the news portal uploaded a story based on a claim by the family of a terrorist, who was killed during an encounter in the Naira area of Pulwama January 30.
Four ultras were killed in the encounter, police said, but the family of one of the slain terrorists claimed their relatives were innocent.
Reacting to the journalist’s arrest, the President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, said that standing up for the truth was considered anti-national.
“Standing for the truth is considered anti-national. Showing the mirror of a deeply intolerant and authoritarian government is also anti-national. Fahad’s journalistic work speaks for itself and portrays the unpleasant ground reality for the GOI. How much of Fahad are you going to stop?” she wrote on Twitter.
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