New Delhi: The genie of espionage has come out of the bottle once again in India. According to the claim, more than 40 journalists, three prominent opposition leaders, a constitutional authority, two serving ministers in the Narendra Modi government, current and former heads and officials of security organizations and a large number of businessmen were spied on in the country.
The Guardian and The Washington Post have alleged through a report that many governments of the world are spying on many big personalities including human rights activists, journalists, big lawyers through a special software named Pegasus, which includes India. The Indian government has denied these allegations.
The names of which journalists appeared in the report, see the list here
- Rohini Singh – Journalist, The Wire
- freelance journalist Swati Chaturvedi
- Sushant Singh, deputy editor at The Indian Express
- SNM Abdi, former Outlook journalist
- Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, former editor of EPW
- MK Venu, Founder of The Wire
- Siddharth Varadarajan, Founder of The Wire
- senior editor of an Indian newspaper
- Rupesh Kumar Singh, a freelance journalist from Ramgarh, Jharkhand
- Siddhant Sibal, Journalist of the Ministry of External Affairs of Vion
- Santosh Bhartiya, Senior Journalist, Former MP
- Iftikhar Geelani, former DNA reporter
- Manoranjana Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of Frontier TV
- Sanjay Shyam, Journalist from Bihar
- Jaspal Singh Heron, Editor-in-Chief of Dainik Rozana Pehredar
- Syed Abdul Rehman Geelani, former Professor at Delhi University
- Sandeep Unnithan, India Today
- Vijeta Singh, The Hindu’s Home Ministry journalist
- Manoj Gupta, Investigative Editor, TV18
- Four current and one former employee of the Hindustan Times Group (Executive Editor Shishir Gupta, Editorial Page Editor and former Bureau Chief Prashant Jha, Defense Correspondent Rahul Singh, former Political Correspondent Aurangzeb Naqshbandi covering Congress)
- A reporter for the Hindustan Times group newspaper Mint
- Senior journalist Premshankar Jha who writes on security matters
- Saikat Dutta, former national security reporter
- Smita Sharma, former TV18 anchor and diplomatic reporter for The Tribune
Apart from this, other names have not been disclosed in the report for one reason or the other. But it has been said that more names will be revealed in the coming time. The report claimed that several journalists were talked to about their involvement in the forensic analysis. But he refused to participate citing various reasons.
What allegations have the Guardian made?
According to the Guardian newspaper, this espionage software has been sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO to the governments of the countries. According to the revelations of the Guardian newspaper, more than 50 thousand people are being spied through this software.
The consortium’s analysis of the leaked data found at least 10 governments believed to be NSO customers who were entering numbers into a system. It includes data from countries like Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, India and the United Arab Emirates. The Guardian claims that this has been revealed after the investigation of 16 media organizations.