UN experts denounce attacks on Indian Muslim journalist

United Nations experts call on the Indian government to end the "misogynistic and sectarian attacks" suffered by an Indian Muslim journalist on the internet and request that an investigation be carried out.

"The Indian authorities must carry out a prompt and thorough investigation into the continuing misogynistic and sectarian attacks on journalist Rana Ayyub on the internet"Irene Khan, special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, and Mary Lawlor, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said in a statement Monday.

The independent special assemblies, which do not speak on behalf of the United Nations but are only in charge of preparing a report for the world organization, specified that Rana Ayyub was "victim of escalating online attacks and threats by far-right Hindu nationalist groups".

According to the experts, the attacks suffered by Rana Ayyub, 37, an independent investigative journalist – who collaborates in particular with the Washington Post – are related to her reporting on "problems affecting Muslim minorities" and your comments "on the recent ban on hijabs in schools and colleges (in the southern state) of Karnataka".

Reporters Without Borders ranks India 142nd in its 2021 world press freedom ranking.

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