Indian ruling government’s crackdown against journalists and governments critics is underway as another journalist has been jailed for a year after he criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Facebook. Kishorechandra Wangkhem was arrested last month but he secured bail from a local court, which castigated him for using indecent language. He was re-arrested days later under the stringent National Security Act before a government panel approved his year-long detention on Wednesday.
As per reports the 39-year-old television journalist had allegedly posted an “inflammatory” social media video in November, in which he accused Modi and state chief minister Biren Singh’s government of promoting rightwing Hindu ideology in the region. Authorities said the arrest was made to “prevent him from acting in any matter prejudicial to the security of the state”. Police had initially detained him on charges of sedition but he secured bail from a local court, which castigated him for using indecent language.
Several Indian journalist unions have condemned his arrest and demanded his release. At least a dozen people have been arrested across the country this year over similar social media posts against Modi.
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17 November, 2019