Meena Kandasamy, Teesta Setalvad, Jignesh Mevani and others sign a statement condemning journalist Prashant Kanojia’s arrest

Journalist Prashant Kanojia
Prashant Kanojia

Journalists, writers and activists, including Meena Kandasamy, Teesta Setalvad, Jignesh Mevani and Cynthia Stephen, have signed a statement condemning Delhi-based journalist Prashant Kanojia’s arrest by the Uttar Pradesh police.

The statement was also signed by a score of scholars such as Suryakant Waghmore, Ravinder Kaur, Nikita Sud, Sneha Krishnan, Srilata Sircar and Nayanika Mathur.

Kanojia was arrested in August for sharing a morphed image on Twitter. He had deleted the tweet as soon as he had got to know that the image was morphed.

Kanojia is still in jail as he has not been granted bail yet. His partner Jagisha Arora told the Satyashodhak, “Babasaheb is guiding me in this difficult time. He is a constant support system for me and Prashant. I have full faith in indian constitution and judiciary. Prashant will soon come out.”

Kanojia was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police last year too for a tweet about chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

The statement says, “It is clear that the arrest and detention of Kanojia is politically motivated and driven by vendetta. It fits a larger pattern of Uttar Pradesh administration attempting to silence dissenting voices. In recent times it has repeatedly gone after activists and journalists alike using questionable legal pretexts. This is a clear attack on the right to free speech, and the Uttar Pradesh government needs to be held accountable for attempting to create this ‘chilling effect’ by intimidating and silencing its critics.”

Read the full statement below.

On 18 August 2020, Bahujan journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police. He is being held in custody over a tweet he had forwarded, which he had immediately deleted upon learning that it contained fake news. This is a routine social media behaviour that one observes on the platform almost everyday.

However, this was used as a pretext for arresting Kanojia. Furthermore, the Allahabad High Court accepted the Uttar Pradesh government’s request that it be given four weeks to respond to his bail plea. This ensures that Kanojia remains incarcerated for an extended period of time.

This is not the first time Kanojia has been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police over a tweet. In a similar incident last year, he was detained for ‘objectionable comments’ against the Uttar Pradesh chief minister on Twitter. On that occasion the Supreme Court had ordered his immediate release. However, the harassment has continued.

It is clear that the arrest and detention of Kanojia is politically motivated and driven by vendetta. It fits a larger pattern of Uttar Pradesh administration attempting to silence dissenting voices. In recent times it has repeatedly gone after activists and journalists alike using questionable legal pretexts. This is a clear attack on the right to free speech, and the Uttar Pradesh government needs to be held accountable for attempting to create this ‘chilling effect’ by intimidating and silencing its critics.

Prashant Kanojia is a well-respected journalist with a big social media following. Being an outspoken Bahujan with a mass following, who consistently raises issues of caste-based exclusion and violence, his arrest has to be seen as an attack on the anti-caste activists. We, the undersigned, condemn these intimidation and harassment tactics of the Uttar Pradesh government and demand Kanojia’s early and timely release.

We stand in solidarity with Prashant Kanojia. #StandWithPrashantKanojia.

Jai Bhim!

Signatories:

Aabha
Aadil Ikram
aakash r
Aarathi
Aarti Nair
Aarushi Mohan
Aashi Shaikh
Aavika Dhanda
Aayush Gagneja
Abdulla
Abhijeet
Abhijit Parad
Abhilash Durugkar
Abhilasha
Abhiram
Abhishek
Abhishek S
Abhrajyoti Chakraborty
Abritty Kisku
Aditi
Aditi
Aditi Parashar
Aditya
Aditya Lakhina
Aditya Naique
Ahaan Verma
Ahalya Ganesh
Aiman Khan
aindri C
Ajay bairwa
Ajeya Kannan
Ajikumar e p
Ajitha G S
Akanksha
Akash Bhattacharya
Akash Mehta
Akhil Rana
Akshay Balan
Akshay J
Akshay M
Al Haris
Alankrita
Alka Singh Verma
ALOK RAJAN
Alok Verma
Amelia Correa
amit
Amit
Amla
Amol
Anand
Anandarupa Dhar
Ananya Iyer
Ananya Pandey
Ananya Sairaman
Anbarasan Perumal
Ani
Anil Wagde
Anisha
Anita Dube
Anjali
Anjali
Anjali Chandawarkar
Anjali Monteiro
Ankit yadav
Ankita Srivastava
Ankitha
Anoushka
Anshula Martoliya
Antara Telang
Anu Gopi
Anubhav
Anubhav Singh
Anurag Chittawar
Anurag Prabhakar
Anurag Singh
Anushka Sen
Anushree Gupta
Anushree Mishra
Anutosh Shikher Saroj
Anwesha Bhattacharya
Aparna
Aparna
Apeksha Priyadarshini
Aprajita Sarcar
Archana Bhardwaj
Arfi Lamba
Arijit Sen
arjun soman
arjunrthnam@gmail.com
Arnab
Arun Dinakar
Arun T
ARUNDHATI GHOSH
Arushi Garg
asha
Asha Balachandran
Ashira Biswas
Ashirwad Wakade
Ashwini
Ashwini Yadav
Avinash Kumar
Avnish
Ayush Tiwari
Ayushi Srivastava
Badal narnaware
Basawa Prasad Kunale
Benson
Bhanuj Kappal
Bharathy Singaravel
Bharti
bhaskar
Bhoomika Pandhare
Bidisha Mahanta
Bijaya Biswal
Bijulal P G
Boishakhi Dutt
Chandrabhan
Chandrashekaran
Charanjot Singh
Chayanika Shah
Chitral
Conrad Barwa
Cynthia Stephen
Damni Kain
Dania Siddiq
daniel
Danish Budhani
Debabrata Ghosh
Debarati
Deep
Deepa
Deepak
Deepak Malghan
Deepali salve
Deepti
Devanshi Sarin
Dharamveer
Dharmanshu
Dimum pertin
Dishant
Divya Kandukuri
divya s
Dr Aniket Kamble
Dr Rohit nirala
Durgesh Solanki
Eram
Eshan Fotedar
Ezhilarasan S
Fathima
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Gayatri Lakshmi Narayanan
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Gehna Kapoor
Gitika Talwar
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himanshu
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Japleen Pasricha
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Jatin Chugh
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Jeetu
Jeetu Kumar
Jegath Raj.J
Jessica K
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Joel Joseph
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Meenakshi
Megha Sanyal
Meghna Chaudhuri
Miles Knecht
Mita Deshpande
Mitaja
Mohammad Abu Nasar
Mohit kumar
Monika Gupta
Muhammad Asad
Mukesh
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Muskaan Sharma
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N. Jayaram
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Neha kamble
Neha Shetty
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Nidhi K
Nidhin D.
Nikita Deshpande
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Pooja Verma
Poornima M
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Prafulla Sonawane
Pragathi R
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Priyanka Paul
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Rashmi M
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Sakshi Jain
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Salim Saboowalla
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Samira Nadkarni
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Sangeeta Goel
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Sayak Dasgupta
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Shahid Tantray
Shailendra Rai
Shaista
Shalini
Shantanu Nevrekar
Shardul
Sheenu
Sheeva Dubey
Shilpa Rao
Shireen Azam
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Shlok Shah
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