Indian Fact-Checker Duo Among Choices For Nobel Peace: TIME Report

Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha
Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha

Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha: According to Time magazine, Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha are popular choices for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022.

As a result of nominations made public by Norwegian lawmakers, bookmakers’ predictions, and picks by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the co-founders of AltNews, Mr Sinha and Mr Zubair, could be considered for the prize, according to Time.

In the face of allegations of discrimination against Muslims, the two “have relentlessly debunked rumours and fake news circulating on social media and called out hate speech,” the publication said.

As per a Delhi Police First Information Report (FIR), Mr Zubair was arrested in June for a 2018 tweet that was “highly provocative and more than sufficient to incite feelings of hatred.” According to Delhi Police, he promoted animosity between religious groups and deliberately outraged religious sentiments.

In response to the arrest, the American non-profit Committee To Protect Journalists released a statement saying, “another low for press freedom in India, where members of the press have been hostile and unsafe for reporting on sectarian matters.”

The Supreme Court granted Mr Zubair bail a month later, and he was released from Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2022 has 343 nominees – 251 individuals and 92 organizations.

In spite of the fact that neither the media nor the candidates are notified of the nominations, a Reuters survey indicates that the Norwegian lawmakers have nominated Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, broadcaster David Attenborough, climate activist Greta Thunberg, Pope Francis, Tuvalu’s foreign minister Simon Kofe, and Myanmar’s National Unity government.

Nominators and nominees of the Nobel Peace Prize may not be disclosed until the anniversary year of the award, according to the Nobel Committee rules.

Other contenders for the peace prize include Ukraine President Volodomyr Zelensky, the UN Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO), and Russian dissenter and Putin critic Alexey Navalny.

The winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced at 11 am local time on 7 October in Oslo.

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