Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday came out all guns blazing against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, saying he was behaving "foolishly" and needed to release the arrested journalists.
Rahul's reaction comes days after at least 4 people have been arrested for allegedly sharing "objectionable" content against the UP chief minister.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul wrote: "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."
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. https://t.co/KtHXUXbgKS— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 11, 2019
The Congress party has also condemned the arrests saying, "Detaining a journalist for sharing a video that presents a State official in poor light is illegal & arbitrary and violates the principles our nation is founded on."
On Saturday, a Delhi-based freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia was picked up by two men in plain clothes from his residence without producing an arrest warrant, his wife said.
Kanojia had shared a video in which a woman claims to have been talking to Yogi Adityanath over video calls and tells reporters outside CM's office that she had handed him her letter. The woman also says that she was there to discuss her future with the chief minister.
A day later, the editor and an anchor of a Noida-based TV channel were also arrested after they ran the video and conducted a debate on the same.
The Editors Guild condemned the arrests, saying it was a "brazen misuse of the law."