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Fourth Person Arrested by UP Police For ‘Defaming’ Yogi Adityanath Online

Earlier, a freelance journalist, an editor of a TV channel and its owner were arrested for using 'objectionable' content against Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.


Updated:June 10, 2019, 9:53 AM IST
Fourth Person Arrested by UP Police For ‘Defaming’ Yogi Adityanath Online
Image posted on Twitter by Gorakhpur Police.

Lucknow: A man was arrested in Gorakhpur on Sunday for allegedly defaming Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on social media. This is the fourth such arrest in the last three days.

The complaint against the accused "was received on Twitter," Gorakhpur Police said in a tweet on Sunday evening. He was arrested for posting "objectionable content" against Yogi Adityanath, police said. A mobile phone was also seized from the man.

Earlier, freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia, Ishika Singh, head of a Noida-based news channel, and Anuj Shukla, one of the editors of the channel, were arrested for allegedly making “objectionable comments” and “propagating defamatory content” against Adityanath.

An FIR was registered against Kanojia at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on Friday night in which it was alleged that the accused made "objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image."

Kanojia had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the CM office claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to the CM. Singh and Shukla were arrested on Saturday.

The Editors Guild on Sunday condemned the arrests, describing the police action as an "authoritarian misuse of laws" and an effort to intimidate the press. "The police action is high-handed, arbitrary and amounts to an authoritarian misuse of laws," the Guild said in a statement.

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