A large number of ministers and government officials from the ruling party have fallen for false and misleading claims
Updated Tuesday Sep 07 2021
Since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government came to power in 2018, its government officials have exploited and weaponized the term “fake news” to discredit working journalists, media organizations and opponents.
The offending language is often used to distort the truth and to undermine journalism, which aims to keep the powerful in check.
When in reality those handing out the label of “fake news” have occasionally stumbled themselves, especially when communicating with the public. A large number of ministers and government officials from the ruling party have fallen for false and misleading claims.
In some instances, clarifications are issued, but in others, no corrections have been made to date.
Here is a running list of such false and misleading information, which came all the way from the very top:
Note: Geo.tv will not label these claims as “fake news”, as the term suggests that the spread of misinformation is deliberate, purposeful and with the intent to mislead. We will not pass judgement on anyone's intent.
With additional reporting by Fatima Rehman