India rejects Germany’s criticism of press freedom

India rejects Germany’s criticism of press freedom, emphasizing that the arrest of Mohammed Zubair is a domestic issue undergoing a judicial process and should not be commented on, as it is sub-judice and the independence of the judiciary is respected.

​​India rejected the German Foreign Ministry’s comments on press freedom in India and the arrest of fact-checker Mohammed Zubair, said a DW report.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) asserted that it was an internal matter and unnecessary to comment on as it was a matter addressed by the justice system.

“It is a domestic issue. Let me emphasize that there is a judicial process underway in this case and I don’t think it would be appropriate for me, or anyone else, to comment on a case that is sub-judice,” Arindam Bagchi, MEA spokesperson, said. “I think the independence of our judiciary is well recognized, and uninformed comments are unhelpful and should be avoided.”