India arrests Kashmir journalist for ‘anti-national’ Facebook posts

Fahad Shah has been accused of ‘glorifying terrorism and spreading fake news’

DW- Fahad Shah, the editor of news portal Kashmir Walla, has been accused of inciting violence and “glorifying terrorism” as Indian officials continue their media clampdown.

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir have arrested a prominent journalist accused of publishing “anti-national content” as part of a widening clampdown on media in the disputed region.

On Saturday, police tweeted that Fahad Shah was wanted in three cases of “glorifying terrorism, spreading fake news and inciting general public for creating L&O (law and order) situations.”

Shah serves as the editor of news portal Kashmir Walla. He was questioned by authorities in southern Pulwama town on Friday and subsequently arrested.

Police said Shah was identified among users of Facebook and other online portals who had published content that had a “criminal intention” to spark fear and could “provoke the public to disturb law and order.”

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