Press Club of India condemns case against journalist Saba Naqvi

New Delhi, June 11 (KMS): The Press Club of India (PCI) has condemned Delhi Police for including journalist Saba Naqvi in the cases registered in connection with blasphemous remarks of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal against Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him).

From its Twitter handle, the PCI said it “vehemently condemns the lopsided and highhanded manner of Delhi Police in lodging FIR against Saba Naqvi, senior journalist and columnist”.

It demanded immediate withdrawal of the FIR against Saba Naqvi and all inquiries against her stopped.

The FIRs were part of a chain of events set off by Nupur Sharma’s utterances on TV and Naveen Jindal’s tweets against the holy Prophet (PBUH). While Nupur Sharma, who was the BJP’s national spokesperson, has been suspended from the party, Naveen Kumar Jindal has been expelled. He was the Delhi BJP media unit head.

Several West Asian countries demanded a public apology from India. The Indian government tried to downplay the matter calling the comments “views of fringe elements”. After the BJP acted against its two leaders, legal action came after two weeks of Ms Sharma’s TV statements.

On Wednesday, Delhi Police filed a case against Sharma, Jindal, and also named Hyderabad-based politician Asaduddin Owaisi and journalist Saba Naqvi, among others for “inciting people on divisive lines” and “inciting riots”.

On Thursday, Asaduddin Owaisi also condemned the police action and said inclusion of Muslim names is “to assuage BJP supporters”.

Saba Naqvi has already expressed shock over the inclusion of her name saying that she has been “selectively targeted”.

In a statement, she said, “I am a journalist and tasked with speaking truth to power. Social media and news sites suggest the FIR has been filed because of a WhatsApp forward that I shared only to delete it a few hours later. Many others also shared the same image yet I have been selectively targeted in the FIR.”

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