Masrat Zahra poses for a photograph in Srinagar, Kashmir. Facebook photo
Freelance photographer Masrat Zahra was charged on Monday under newly expanded anti-terror laws and questioned by police on Tuesday.
A police statement said her social media posts "can provoke the public to disturb law and order," and accused her of "frequently uploading anti-national posts with criminal intention."
Masrat Zahra, Peerzada Ashiq and Gowhar Geelani.
Peerzada Ashiq, a Kashmir-based journalist with The Hindu newspaper, was booked on Monday for spreading "fake news" and "misinformation."
Police claimed he falsely reported that coronavirus testing in Muslim-majority Kashmir was halted after kits were diverted to neighbouring Hindu-majority Jammu.
Freelance journalist and political commentator Gowhar Geelani, meanwhile, was booked late on Tuesday after police accused him of "glorifying terrorism" in social media posts.
Police in New Delhi this week also used the anti-terror law to charge several Muslim student activists for allegedly plotting riots earlier this year.
None of the journalists was detained.
Zahra, 26, told AFP she was merely posting her published work on social media and had no political agenda.
The Editors Guild of India said the accusations against Zahra and Ashiq were a "gross misuse of power" meant to "strike terror into journalists."
"Harassment and intimidation of journalists through draconian laws... threatens the efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and creates an atmosphere of fear and reprisal," Amnesty International's Avinash Kumar added in a statement.
Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders called for the withdrawal of the "flimsy charges" against Zahra.
Dubai Press Club (DPC), in collaboration with CNN, concluded a workshop on the importance of delivering the truth in any news story and verifying facts as two key principles of ethical journalism.
The Indian government on Wednesday announced the lifting of the internet blockade in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) after seven months of an internet gag.
The Indian government lifted the ban on social media on 4 March and restored 2G mobile connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir after seven months, the people of the valley are looking forward to high-speed internet as well.
India has seen a jump of nearly 100,000 cases over the past week, the health ministry said. In all, the country has confirmed 548,318 cases, making it the world’s fourth-worst affected country after the United States, Brazil and Russia. India’s death toll has reached 16,475.
Police inspector Rajiv Singh said that last week the gang stole 16 idols from the 300-year-old temple of Lord Balaji — an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu — police said.
Sheikh Mohamed accepted the condolences of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey; Sadyr Japarov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic; and Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, over the passing of the late Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed said on Twitter, “With his enduring wisdom and generosity, my brother Khalifa Bin Zayed was the heart of our family and the guardian of our nation."