NEW DELHI - The Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) has expressed “grave concern” against the “increasing policing” of journalists and journalism in the country, and also against the “increasing tendency of flashing hate speech” against communities, especially of minorities. Citing the latest report of Human Rights Watch, which was released recently, the DUJ said the report reflected the “increasing policing of journalists and journalism in India today”.

The HRW report spoke of several arrested and jailed journalists with concern, including Mohammed Zubair, Rupesh Kumar Singh, Siddique Kappan, among others, the DUJ added. Referring to the HRW report, the DUJ said, “Most damningly, the Report says the government has ‘intensified and broadened their crackdown on activist groups and the media’.

The Report refers to the use of Pegasus spyware to target media persons besides other assaults on the media.”