UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES (PREVENTION) ACT (UAPA)
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Context: Delhi Police conducted a day-long search, seizures, and detentions related to NewsClick. They arrested some journalists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
- The arrests were made in connection with allegations that NewsClick received funds for pro-China propaganda.
- Delhi Police carried out raids on the homes of several journalists associated with NewsClick, seizing electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, and hard disks as evidence. A total of 46 suspects were questioned in relation to the case at different locations.
- Journalists were reportedly questioned about various issues, including details of foreign travels, protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and the farmer's agitation.
- NewsClick came under scrutiny after a report by The New York Times claimed that the firm had allegedly received money from a US billionaire, who was known for supporting campaigns in favour of China and its propaganda.
- The Editors Guild of India expressed deep concerns about the incident, while the Union Government defended the raids, suggesting there must have been some evidence or complaint related to the case.
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Q. What are the key provisions and objectives of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), and how does it impact civil liberties and security measures in the context of national security?