'If every journalist peddling vicious propaganda against me was jailed...': Rahul Gandhi slams Yogi Adityanath over Prashant Kanojia arrest

New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised the arrest of journalist Prashant Kanojia and the editor and the head of a Noida-based TV channel, saying Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath was behaving "foolishly" and he should release the journalists.

Rahul also claimed that if every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about him is put in jail, most newspapers or news channels would face a severe staff shortage. "The UP CM is behaving foolishly and needs to release the arrested journalists," the Congress president tweeted.

Kanojia, Anuj Shukla, who is the editor of Noida-based TV channel Nation Live, and its head Ishika Singh, have faced police action over the release of alleged objectionable content against the Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

The Editors Guild had on Sunday condemned the arrest of Kanojia, Singh and Shukla, describing the police action as an "authoritarian misuse of laws" and an effort to intimidate the press.

 If every journalist peddling vicious propaganda against me was jailed...: Rahul Gandhi slams Yogi Adityanath over Prashant Kanojia arrest

File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. ANI

An FIR was registered against Kanojia at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on Friday night in which it was alleged that the accused made "objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image".

Kanojia had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the chief minister’s office, claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to Adityanath.

A group of journalists and activists had held a protest on Monday over the arrests.

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Updated Date: Jun 11, 2019 14:04:54 IST