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Alt News co-founders Pratik Sinha, Mohammed Zubair among favourites to win Nobel Peace Prize

Co-founders of renowned fact checking website Alt News, Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair, are reportedly the top-runners to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Alt News co-founders Mohammad Zubair (L) and Pratik Sinha (R). (Image: Twitter)

Co-founders of renowned fact-checking website Alt News, Pratik Sinha and Mohammed Zubair, are reportedly the top runners to win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, according to unofficial shortlists released ahead of the announcement on Friday.

Indian author Harsh Mander is also among the favourites for the international accolade.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on October 7, in Oslo, Norway. Ahead of the announcement, predictions are being made about who and which organisations are the favourites and top-runners to win one of the most prestigious global honours.

The Time magazine, in a report, compiled a list of “some of the favourites to win, based on nominations that were made public via Norwegian lawmakers, predictions from bookmakers, and picks from the Peace Research Institute Oslo.”

Among other strong contenders are Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

MOHAMMED ZUBAIR’S ARREST

Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 27 this year over a meme he had tweeted in 2018 against a Hindu deity that allegedly hurt religious sentiments.

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He remained in police and judicial custody for nearly a month. The fact-checker had half a dozen FIRs lodged against him in different parts of Uttar Pradesh for the tweet. The UP police had also set up a special investigation team to probe the allegations.

He was granted bail by the Supreme Court on July 20. The top court also refused to restrain Zubair from tweeting in the future as sought by the BJP-led UP government.

(With inputs from PTI)

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