Newsclick case: Concerns and questions about press freedom in India, are journalists ‘soft targets’?

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After the Delhi Police Special Cell raided the houses of journalists associated with the news portal ‘Newsclick’ last Tuesday and the arrest of two people, ‘concerns about press freedom’ have resurfaced in India.

On Wednesday, Newsclick founder and editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha and HR department head Amit Chakraborty were sent to seven-day police custody. Both of them have been arrested under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

UAPA is an anti-terrorism law and it is very difficult to get bail if arrested under it.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Economic Offenses Wing of Delhi Police were already investigating allegations of money laundering against NewsClick. Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha had obtained an interim stay from the court against action in these cases.

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