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Rahul Gandhi jabs Adityanath on scribe arrest, gets stinker from Karnataka

Rahul’s comments back the need for protecting media freedom and come after protests against the arrest of 3 journalists including Prashant Kanojia.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2019 14:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath over the arrest of journalists for sharing and broadcasting alleged derogatory comments against the CM.

“If every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about me is put in jail, most newspapers/ news channels would face a severe staff shortage. The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists.” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Rahul’s comments for protecting media freedom against the backdrop of 3 journalists including Prashant Kanojia have evoked a sharp response from the BJP.

Also read: Wife of journalist moves SC challenging his arrest for post on Yogi Adityanath

Neither Yogi Adityanath nor the BJP in Uttar Pradesh responded to the dart hurled by Rahul Gandhi at the UP Chief Minister. But the BJP unit in Karnataka, where a couple of journalists were held for posts that the chief minister found offensive, hit back.

Karnataka BJP went on to list names of journalists who faced action from the Karnataka government.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi too tweeted on the issue, supporting her brother, she said, “Uttar Pradesh government is using fear to control journalists, farmers and representatives instead of taking care of people’s issues.”

Also read:Supreme Court orders immediate release of journalist arrested for post against Yogi Adityanath

First Published: Jun 11, 2019 10:52 IST