The editor of an independent news website in Kashmir has been arrested as police investigate if he violated India’s sedition and anti-terrorism laws.
Fahad Shah, founding editor of The Kashmir Walla, was arrested Friday in Pulwama, a city in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir. The contested territory is also in part administered by Pakistan.
According to a statement published by The Kashmir Walla, Shah was summoned by police as part of an investigation into a series of reports the outlet published about a police raid in the area in January 2020.
Shah has not been formally charged. But in a statement Friday, local police in Pulwama accused Shah of being among a group of “Facebook users” who uploaded “anti-national content including photographs, videos and posts with criminal intention to create fear among public.” Continue Reading