Journalist Prashant Kanojia Freed from Lucknow Jail

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Independent journalist Prashant Kanojia. — File photo

Kanojia was picked up by the Uttar Pradesh police from his Delhi home for allegedly spreading hate and enmity among communities through social media

Mohd Aasif | Clarion India

NEW DELHI— Independent journalist Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested on August 18 for allegedly promoting enmity through his tweets, was released from the Lucknow district jail on Friday.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had granted bail to him on October 21.

“The jail authorities had released him late on Friday”, Jagisha Arora, wife of Kanojia, confirmed to Clarion India. She said that he suffered for expressing his opinions fearlessly.

Kanojia was picked up by the Uttar Pradesh police from his Delhi home in August for allegedly spreading hate and enmity among communities through social media.

In a telephonic conversation, Kanojia said that he got to know about his charges on the day he was released.

He also tweeted in Hindi, “My release is incomplete until Sudha Bhardwaj, Gautam Navalakha, Umar Khalid, Sharjeel, Anand Taltumbde, Akhil Gogoi and other political prisoners are released from the jails of the fascist government.”

Tanya Yadav, a netizen, commented, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere”.

Interestingly, on the day of the arrest of Republic TV chief Arnab Goswami, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had criticised the Maharashtra government.

He had then tweeted in Hindi, “Arrest of senior journalist Arnab Goswami ji is an attack on freedom of expression by Congress party. Congress imposes emergency and avoids facing the truth, is trying to suffocate democracy”.

However, the UP CM forgot to mention that his government had kept Kanojia in jail for more than two months. Along with Kanojia many other journalists faced the wrath of the UP police and some of them are still languishing in jail for their journalistic work.

 

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