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Kashmir journalist arrested, charged with posting anti-India content

Jammu and Kashmir police Friday arrested a local journalist after being accused of uploading anti-India content on social media.

The arrested journalist Fahad Shah is the editor of a news portal.

A police spokesman said: “…it was reliably learned by Pulwama Police that some Facebook users and portals have been uploading anti-national content …with criminal intention to create fear among public and the content so uploaded can provoke the public to disturb law & order.”

“It was also learned that these Facebook users are uploading such posts which tantamount to glorifying the militant activities and causing dent to the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing ill-will & disaffection against the country.”

The spokesperson said police while taking cognizance of the matter registered a case under relevant sections of the law and initiated the investigation.

“During the course of the investigation, one accused person identified as Fahad Shah was arrested. The accused is on police remand. The investigation into the matter is in progress,” the police said.

Soon after the arrest of Shah, the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said that the journalist’s work depicts the ground reality “unpalatable to the Government of India”.

“Standing up for the truth is deemed anti-national. Showing the mirror to a deeply intolerant & authoritarian government is also anti-national. Fahad’s journalistic work speaks for itself & depicts the ground reality unpalatable to GOI. How many Fahad’s will you arrest?”( sic), Mehbooba wrote on her Twitter.

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