ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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To Critique with Laughter

If everyone laughs at the powerful, can they remain in power?

Journalist Prashant Kanojia was recently arrested for making a joke, his crime being that he incited laughter against Yogi Adityanath by means of a post shared on social media. Kanojia’s case has been compared to another recent case where Priyanka Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Party worker, was arrested for sharing a rather ridiculous meme featuring Mamata Banerjee.

Following the arrest, the issue became a matter of preserving press freedom because two other journalists, Eshika Singh and Anuj Shukla, were also arrested for broadcasting the video clip that accompanied Kanojia’s remarks, which were deemed objectionable. Three other people were reportedly arrested in relation to this case. The unconstitutional nature of these arrests brought the journalistic fraternity out onto the streets to demand the journalists’ immediate release.

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Updated On : 19th Jun, 2019
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