Female Photojournalist Booked For Social Media Posts

Srinagar

A female photojournalist has been booked under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act for allegedly uploading posts that glorify “anti-national activities” on social media, the police said.

Masrat Zahra is a freelance photojournalist whose work has been published by Al-Jazeera, The Caravan, The Quint, TRT World and other organizations.

Freelance photojournalist Masrat Zahra

“Cyber police received information through reliable sources that one Facebook user namely Masrat Zahra is uploading anti-national posts with criminal intention to induce the youth and to promote offences against public tranquillity,” the police said in a press release.

“The user is also uploading posts that tantamount to glorify the anti-national activities and dent the image of law enforcing agencies besides causing disaffection against the country,” said police.

The cyber police station has registered the case (FIR no. 10/2020 U/S 13 UA (P) Act and 5050-IPC dated 18-04-20120) against the Zehra, which punishes those who induce others to commit an offence against the state or against public tranquility.

Police said the general public is advised to refrain from misuse of social media platforms and circulation of unauthenticated information through such platforms.

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