Relief for women journalists held over Tripura “violence”: Supreme Court stays proceeding
Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed all proceedings against two women journalists who were accused of spreading ‘fake news’ of communal violence in the northeastern state in November.
Tripura police have named the journalist duo from the HW News Network and accused them of spreading communal disharmony following their reporting on the communal violence in the state.
The apex court stayed all proceedings in both FIRs. It also issued a notice to Tripura police seeking its response.
Tripura police had registered the FIRs alleging the journalists’ reports promoted enmity between groups, and spread communal hatred by publishing baseless news about communal violence.
In November, Samriddhi Sakunia and Swarna Jha, the female journalists, who came to Tripura to report on the communal incidents in Tripura, were detained by Assam police at Karimganj’s Neelam Bazar, close to Assam-Tripura border.