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Shahid Masood and the age of #FakeNews

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 26, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 26, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
NEWS DESK: The State Bank of Pakistan found no bank accounts under the name of Imran, the accused in Zainab rape and murder case. The central bank had launched a probe into reports of multiple bank accounts allegedly held by the suspect Imran, a claim made by Dr Shahid Masood. Dr Shahid Masood was the one...

NEWS DESK: The State Bank of Pakistan found no bank accounts under the name of Imran, the accused in Zainab rape and murder case. The central bank had launched a probe into reports of multiple bank accounts allegedly held by the suspect Imran, a claim made by Dr Shahid Masood.

Dr Shahid Masood was the one behind the "revelations" of the bank accounts. Nighat Dad of Digital Rights Foundation, Samaa Digital Properties Editor Omar Quraishi and Khara Sach anchor Mubashir Lucman discussed the issue in detail.

Quraishi pointed out how a leading English newspaper had mentioned a WhatsApp message that had been circulating about the case. He stressed the need to verify and assess on your own if a news is actually true or not.

"Some journalists do not rise through the ranks properly in the sense that they do not report or work in newsrooms but become anchors directly hence they skip such practices," he said.

Omar Quraishi said that it was difficult to imagine how suspect Imran Ali could have 37 bank accounts in places such as IBA Karachi and Standard Chartered-Karachi, as was mentioned in the list.

Lucman said that Masood had created problems for all the journalists with his unverified report about the suspect's bank accounts.

Lucman said that prior to the State Bank's conclusion that this list was false, he had consulted with several senior anchors and their respective teams as well as senior bank officials who had stated that this news was false and the claims made by Dr Shahid Masood were baseless.

"What Dr Shahid Masood should do is at once tender an apology and not try to play it smart," he said.

Mubashir Lucman said that he had met with two senior officials of Punjab government who had confirmed that a decision had been taken to take legal action against Dr Shahid Masood.

"Punjab Government is waiting to complete its investigation after which it intends to take sue Dr Shahid Masood. Any journalist who wants to report should make sure he has all the facts beforehand," he said.

Social media expert Nighat Dad said that it was important for authorities and politicians to verify fake news being circulated on social media before they forwarded it.

"You saw how Dr Shahid Masood posed these allegations during his program hence this is not something that is covered only at online places," she said. "The mainstream media is also susceptible to fake news and this must be stopped."
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  1. Skye  January 27, 2018 12:00 pm/ Reply

    Shahid Masood stands by his words and will attend court on monday. The fake news is being spread by Nawaz sharif media gangs who are in damage control. A norwegian embassy back in 2017 confirmed what Shahid masood said. https://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/5487-norwegian-embassy-reveals-a-child-pornography-case-in-pakistan

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