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Delhi Police arrest AltNews journalist Mohammed Zubair for allegedly hurting religious sentiments Mohammed Zubair
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Delhi Police arrest AltNews journalist Mohammed Zubair for allegedly hurting religious sentiments

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Jun 2022, 09:46 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Delhi Police Monday arrested journalist Mohammed Zubair, one of the founders of fact-checking website AltNews, on charges of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity.

In a tweet, AltNews co-founder Pratik Sinha said Mohammed Zubair was called to Delhi for questioning in a different case but arrested in this one.

Mandatory notice was not given, he alleged.

"No FIR copy is being given to us despite repeated requests," his post read.

Police, however, said Zubair had joined the probe in a case registered at the Special Cell police station and was arrested "after having sufficient evidence on record".

He is still being quizzed and police will present him before a magistrate on Tuesday to seek further custody, said reports.

Slamming the arrest, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor termed it an "assault on truth", and demanded his release.

"India’s few fact-checking services, especially @AltNews, perform a vital service in our post-truth political environment, rife with disinformation. They debunk falsehoods whoever perpetrates them. To arrest @zoo_bear is an assault on truth. He should be released immediately," he wrote.

Founded in 2017 as a non-profit, AltNews is among the world's most prominent fact-checking outlets, whose founders have been facing online trolling and police cases by right-wing groups for years.

Mohammed Zubair's name was also lodged in an FIR filed a month ago in Uttar Pradesh's Sitapur district with similar charges.