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[Published: Wednesday June 29 2022]

 Delhi police arrest Muslim journalist Mohammed Zubair over tweet from 2018

 LONDON, 29 June. - (ANA) - Delhi police have arrested the Muslim co-founder of a fact-checking website, accusing him of insulting religious beliefs on Twitter, a network of digital media organisations said, condemning it as an attempt to harass him for his journalism, reports The London-based Guardian. 
Mohammed Zubair, who co-founded Alt News and regularly tweets on rising marginalisation of the Muslim minority in the country, was arrested under two sections of a law related to maintaining religious harmony, said the DIGIPUB association. 
Alt News’s other co-founder, Pratik Sinha, said on Twitter no notice was given to Zubair before his arrest. Reuters partner ANI reported, citing Delhi police sources, that Zubair was arrested based on a complaint from a Twitter account that said he insulted Hindus in a 2018 post commenting on the renaming of a hotel after the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. 
Journalists demanded his immediate release. “Journalist Zubair who routinely busted fake news, exposed the hate machinery in India has just been arrested,” said Rana Ayyub, another Muslim journalist who often invites the wrath of Hindu hardliners. “The country is punishing those who reported, documented the decline.”   - (ANA) -
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