#Freedom of Speech

.Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Standup comedian Munawar Faruqui recently made headlines after he was arrested for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments. (Photo Credit: YouTube ScreenGrab/Munawar Faruqui)

  • Munawar Faruqui allegedly insulted Hindu Gods and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show on January 1
  • The comedian was then charged under several sections including section 188, 34, 269 and 295 A of IPC
  • He was granted interim bail by Supreme Court on Friday after more than a month of his arrest 

.Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
The Madhya Pradesh High Court had earlier rejected Munawar Faruqui's bail plea.(Photo Credit: Instagram/munawarfaruqui)

  • Munawar Faruqui was released from the jail after the prison authorities received the order of the Supreme Court
  • The SC stayed a production warrant issued against Faruqui by a court in Prayagraj
  • Faruqui was seen walking out of the jail silently by eyewitnesses

.Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Munawar Faruqui was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court on Friday.(Photo Credit: Instagram/munawarfaruqui)

  • The SC also stayed the Madhya Pradesh HC order, which had refused to grant Faruqui the bail
  • It also stayed the production warrant issued against Faruqui by a trial court in Allahabad
  • An officer of the Indore Central Jail said a court in Prayagraj had ordered Faruqui's production in a similar case on February 18

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to comedian Munawar Faruqui, more than a month after he was arrested by Madhya Pradesh Police.

  • Faruqui was arrested on January 1 following a complaint filed by a BJP MLA's son
  • Faruqui, a resident of Gujarat, was earlier denied bail by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on January 28
  • The top court also issued a notice to state police on Faruqui's plea challenging the HC order 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Two freelance journalists were detained by the Delhi police on Saturday at the Singhu border. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The detained journalists are identified as Mandeep Punia and Dharmendra Singh
  • Punia was on Singhu border collecting information on the Thursday violence 
  • Punia was sent to 14-day judicial custody and the bail hearing is scheduled for Monday,  as per reports

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The actor has also contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Lucknow as a candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party

  • The actor joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2014 and even contested the general election
  • In an interview with Opoyi, he says that being a politician requires certain traits, which he doesn't have
  • He also says that the internet plays a significant role in suppressing freedom of speech

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested on January 1. (Photo Credit: YouTube ScreenGrab/Munawar Faruqui)

  • Comedian Munawar Faruqui and four of his associates were arrested at Indore
  • They were arrested over a complaint filed by the convener of a right-wing outfit
  • Faruqui was accused of insulting Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Three critics belong to the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam. (Photo credit: Representational image/Unsplash)

  • Emerlynn Gill said their only crime was to discuss political matters of their country
  • The US said it was highly "disappointed" by the arrests
  • Two accused critics have been sentenced for 11 years, while the other one for 15 years

.Berlin, Germany
Julian Assange faces 175 years in jail in the US on 18 charges of esionage. (Photo credit: Wikileaks Twitter page)

  • German human rights commissioner urged UK authorities to consider Assange's human right
  • A hearing is due in a London court on Jan 4 on his extradition to US
  • Assange is in a London jail since April 2019