A Hindu newspaper has been “busted” in Uttar, India, after it was allegedly involved in “hate speech and violence” in the state, according to a report by The Times of India.
The report, published on Sunday, also alleged that the Hindu newspaper had published “offensive and abusive content” on its website, and that it had “misrepresented its role as a defender of minorities” in its editorial.
The newspaper, the Times of Indian reported, was one of several outlets in Uttar that were “held responsible for inciting communal violence.”
The paper, which has been publishing material from the RSS since the mid-1980s, was also said to have published content that appeared to be “anti-Muslim” and “misrepresent[ed] its role” in protecting “national interests.”
The newspaper’s website is no longer accessible, the report said.
The Times also claimed that “police have not yet confirmed any case of ‘hate speech,'” which is the same definition as for hate speech under Indian law.
The news was not immediately clear if the Hindu paper’s content had been removed.
The Hindu newspaper, called The Hindu, is one of India’s most prestigious print and online media outlets, and was previously owned by a newspaper called the Indian Express.
The Express has been under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with alleged “hate crimes” during the 2016 assembly elections in the western state of Uttar Pradesh.
The probe was triggered after a complaint was filed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main political party in Uttar’s assembly elections.
In December 2016, a group of BJP members and supporters reportedly broke into a printing house in Uttar and began printing a derogatory article on the newspaper.
The article was reportedly published on the Hindustan Times website, the Express’s parent company.
In February 2017, a court in Uttar ordered the Hindostan Times to pay damages to the BJP, but it did not take action until July 2018, when a court ruled that the Hindutva newspaper’s articles could be published.