UN Spokesperson On Zubair’s Arrest: Journalists should not be jailed for ‘what they write and say’

The cyber team of Delhi Police on Monday (June 27) arrested Mohammad Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking website AltNews. On this issue, a spokesman for the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that journalists should not be sent to jail for whatever they write, tweet or say.

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Responding to a Pakistani journalist on a question on Zubair’s arrest, spokesman Stephen Dujarric said, “It is very important anywhere in the world that people are allowed to speak freely. Journalists should be allowed to speak freely and without any fear. Whatever journalists say, write or tweet, they should not be sent to jail, he said. This applies everywhere in the world.”

Demand for release of Zubair in UN
According to news agency PTI, the spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General said that anywhere in the world it is extremely important that people are allowed to speak freely and journalists should be allowed to speak without any fear. On the other hand, an NGO ‘Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) has also condemned the arrest of Zubair.

CPJ’s Asia program coordinator in Washington, Steven Butler, said Zubair’s arrest further lowered the level of press freedom in India. The government has created an unsafe hostile environment for members of the press to publish news on communal issues. They have demanded that the authorities should release Zubair immediately and unconditionally and let him do his journalism without any interference.

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