Top media organisations of the country have slammed Information Minister Fawad Chaudhryâ€™s claim that media revenues had increased by 600 per cent between 2018 and 2021.
In a joint statement issued late Monday, media associations including All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) took serious notice of Fawad Chaudhryâ€™s tweet and termed it â€œbaseless and incorrectâ€.
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â€” Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 17, 2022
The original source has also already clarified that the figures were printed erroneously due to a technical error.
The statement labelled the ministerâ€™s tweet as a â€œclassic example of fake newsâ€. The statement said the statement was a failed attempt to create a divide between media houses and their workers.
The statement further added that spreading deliberate disinformation is a classic example of fake news which the minister himself has displayed.
â€œHe has only exposed his own ignorance about the matter and also how ill-informed his ministry is.â€
The media bodies also demanded the minister to withdraw his tweet at the earliest.