Alt News founders Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair contenders for Nobel Peace Prize say Time

Journalists Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair, co-founders of Indian fact-checking website AltNews are among the contenders for the Nobel peace prize this year according to Time magazine for “battling misinformation”.

Time magazine on their website released a list of people who are favourites for the Nobel Peace prize, it said that both Sinha and Zubair, “have relentlessly been battling misinformation in India, where the Hindu nationalist BJP party has been accused of frequently stoking discrimination against Muslims. Sinha and Zubair have methodologically debunked rumors and fake news circulating on social media and called out hate speech.”

According to a Delhi Police First Information Report, Mr. Zubair was detained in June of this year for a 2018 tweet that was “highly provocative and more than sufficient to incite feelings of hatred.” He was accused by the Delhi Police of inciting animosity between various groups based on religion and performing intentional activities to inflame religious sentiments.

Global outrage over the fact-checker’s arrest prompted the American non-profit Committee To Protect Journalists to issue a statement calling it “another low for press freedom in India, where the government has created a hostile and unsafe environment for members of the press reporting on sectarian issues.”

Zubair, after nearly a month, was granted bail on July 20 by the Supreme Court.

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to people “who have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.”

Source: NDTV, TIME, Business Standard

Latest Indian news

Popular Stories

Latest Video