Press bodies, politicians and activists on Sunday condemned the detainment of two journalists – Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha – who were covering the recent anti-Muslim violence in Tripura.

The journalists have been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 120(B) (punishment for criminal conspiracy), 153(A) (offence of promoting disharmony, enmity or feelings of hatred between different groups on the grounds of religion) and 504 (intentional insult).

In a statement, media body Digipub said that the police had invaded the privacy of the journalists by demanding their Aadhaar and transport details.

“This is not the first time that journalists have been intimidated for doing their jobs in this country,” Digipub, an association of 11 digital news organisations, said. “Many journalist face criminal investigations, arrests and jail terms, as India faces a sharp degradation of in press freedom.” is among the founding members of the Digipub News India Foundation. The other members of the association are HW News, Alt News, Article 14, Boomlive, Cobrapost, Newsclick, Newslaundry, The News Minute, The Quint and The Wire.

The Editors Guild also condemned the police action and demanded that the journalists be released immediately.

The press body made the comment while citing…

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