A journalist was arrested, yesterday, for allegedly sharing an ‘objectionable’ post against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Facebook and Twitter. The same evening, the head of a private television news channel and its editor too were arrested in Noida for allegedly airing defamatory content on Yogi Adityanath, the police said.
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia at Hazratganj police station, under IPC section 500 and 66 IT Act, 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 can be seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the CM office. She claimed that Yogi Adityanath talked to her through video conference and she had sent a marriage proposal to the CM, awaiting a response from him.
In a separate case, the head of private television news channel Nation Live and its editor were arrested in Noida. During a debate on the channel on June 6, the woman, whose video was shared by Prashant Kanojia, had allegedly made defamatory statements against Adityanath, the police said.
Ishika Singh, who heads the channel and Anuj Shukla, its editor, were arrested after workers affiliated to a political party approached the police with a complaint against the news channel for broadcasting the claims of the woman without verifying facts, a senior official said.