New Delhi: According to the Time, fact-checkers Mohammed Zubair and Pratik Sinha are among the candidates for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.
According to Time, Mr. Sinha and Mr. Zubair, the co-founders of fact-checking website AltNews, are among the front-runners for the award based on selections from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, predictions from bookies, and nominations made public by Norwegian MPs (PRIO).
According to a Delhi Police First Information Report, Mr. Zubair was detained in June of this year for a 2018 tweet that was “extremely offensive and more than sufficient to provoke feelings of hatred” (FIR). He was accused by the Delhi Police of inciting animosity between various groups based on religion and performing intentional acts to inflame religious feelings.
Global outrage over Zubair’s arrest
Global outrage over the fact-arrest checker’s prompted the American non-profit Committee To Protect Journalists to issue a statement calling it “another low for press freedom in India, where the government has created a hostile and unsafe environment for members of the press reporting on sectarian issues.”
A month later, Mr. Zubair left Tihar Jail when the Supreme Court granted him release.
343 contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize
There are around 343 contenders for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, including 251 individuals and 92 organizations.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a politician from Belarus who opposes the government, broadcaster David Attenborough, climate activist Greta Thunberg, Pope Francis, Simon Kofe, the foreign minister of Tuvalu, and Myanmar’s National Unity government are among those named by Norwegian lawmakers as nominees, according to a Reuters survey.
The regulations of the Nobel Committee on nominations for the peace prize state that “Neither the names of nominators nor of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize may be released until the beginning of the year marking the 50th anniversary of the awarding of a particular prize.”
Along with Mr. Sinha and Mr. Zubair, Volodomyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, the UN Refugee Agency, the World Health Organization (WHO), and Alexey Navalny, a Russian dissident and critic of Vladimir Putin, are also in the running for the peace award.
The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winners will be revealed on October 7 in Oslo at 11 a.m. local time.