New Delhi/Mumbai: Various press bodies including the Press Club of India, the Editors Guild, Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and the Mumbai Press Club on Sunday condemned the lodging of FIR against The Tribune reporter who exposed the vulnerability of the Aadhaar data.
The press clubs and journalists' associations dubbed the FIR as "a direct attack on the freedom of the press" and demanded an immediate withdrawal of the case.
"The Press Club of India, Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC) and Press Association express their strong objection and condemnation at the registration of an FIR against a reporter of The Tribune by an officer of the Unique Identification Authority of India for writing a story exposing alleged loopholes in the system," a joint statement by the three bodies said.
After a 3 January news report by The Tribune newspaper over the breach in Aadhaar data with a headline "Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details", the UIDAI has registered an FIR against the newspaper and reporter Rachna Khaira.
The FIR, lodged with the Cyber Cell of the Crime Branch, invokes serious charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), IT Act and Aadhaar Act.
The UIDAI on 4 January said its search facility for grievance redressal may have been "misused" but denied any breach or leak of Aadhaar data.
"If there is no breach, what is the offence they hav...