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Two MPs write to PM Modi over Kerala journalist booked under UAPA

A day after a Delhi-based journalist hailing from Kerala, who was detained by UP police along with three others, was booked under the UAPA, two MPs from the state Thursday wrote to PM Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to ensure his release. In their letters, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Chalakudy Benny Behanan and CPI’s Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam argued that UP police has flouted all guidelines laid out by the Supreme Court regarding arrest in the case of Siddique Kappan, secretary of the Delhi unit of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists and who is associated with various Malayalam news outlets, including website azhimukham.com.

Pointing out that Kappan was doing his duty as a reporter, Behanan said UP police has given a clear message to the media that “objective reporting will not be allowed in the state.”

News source ~ Indian Express