The Editors Guild of India on Sunday criticised the filing of charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against 102 people, including journalists, for reporting and writing on the communal violence that took place in Tripura in October.

The Tripura Police have invoked the anti-terror law against the social media account holders for allegedly posting distorted news about the violence, according to the Hindustan Times.

The cases have been filed against 68 Twitter account holders, many of whom are journalists, 32 Facebook users and two accounts on YouTube, according to The Wire.

Violence had erupted in Tripura on October 26. Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad had allegedly vandalised a mosque and properties of Muslims in North Tripura during a protest against the anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh earlier that month.

But the police claimed that no mosque had been burnt in the district.

One of the persons booked under the UAPA, journalist Shyam Meera Singh from NewsClick, claimed that he had just posted a tweet that said “Tripura is burning”.

The Editors Guild of India on Sunday described the filing of UAPA cases against journalists as an “extremely disturbing trend”.

“Such a harsh law, where in the processes of investigation and bail applications are extremely rigorous and overbearing, is being used for merely reporting on and protesting against communal violence,” the journalists’ association said….

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