UIDAI files FIR against The Tribune, reporter Rachna Khaira

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It said that "an impression is being created in media that UIDAI is targeting the media". The report further mentioned that it just took Rs 500 and 10 minutes for the reporter to get an access to nearly every detail of any individual submitted to the UIDAI - including name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email.

While Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad argued that the FIR was "against unknown" persons, the Congress demanded its withdrawal and alleged that the "minister does not seem to have read the FIR or may be his reading of the FIR is extremely selective and he chooses to skip over the names".

The authority's statement today said that FIR has been registered in Cyber Cell of Delhi Police for violations under various sections of Aadhaar Act, Indian Penal Code and IT Act.

Police sources clarified on Sunday night that those named in the complaint were not being seen as accused but would be questioned.

The Jammu Newspapers Editors Guild has condemned the move by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to file an FIR against Tribune reporter Rachna Khaira for her report that unknown agents had provided her access to Aadhaar's demographic database.

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A police complaint against a journalist for breaking a story over vulnerabilities in the Aadhaar database has been criticised by the press as a possible attempt to muzzle journalistic freedom.

Soon, the UIDAI posted a tweet that suggested it no longer considered the newspaper or the reporter, whom it had accused of several crimes, "the real culprits".

This was followed by a tweet on UIDAI's official account: "UIDAI is committed to the freedom of Press". On Reality Check, we discuss whether this is a case of shooting the messenger. "We also appreciate if Tribune & its journalist have any constructive suggestion to offer". "However, your communication, asking either to send response to your queries or you would presume that there was no access to any fingerprints and/or iris scan, indicates that the matter is not being dealt with seriously", the reply says.

In her report, published on January 3, Khaira depicted how anonymous sellers over WhatsApp were allegedly providing Aadhaar details for a fee.

Tewari said the creative community in India had sensed the "repression" as early as in September 2014 through the award wapasi movement.

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