Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has falsely claimed that media revenue grew by 600% between 2018 and 2021, a figure that major media organizations have dismissed as a “classic example of fake news”.
The country’s major media organizations, including the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Pakistan Council of Editors (CPNE) and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), issued a joint statement rejecting the minister’s claims. as “unfounded and incorrect”.
“He has only exposed his own ignorance on the matter and also how misinformed his ministry is,” the statement said.
Media organizations further claimed that Chaudhry’s statement was made in an effort to stir up trouble between media houses and their employees, alleging that the minister intentionally spread misinformation. Chaudhry’s post also bolsters the current administration, which took office in 2018.
In response, Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter after the statement, saying media owners, “may be right and Aurora’s figures are wrong but to prove it the media groups have to open their accounts.”
As of Tuesday morning, the original tweet still remained online, without a retraction. Media associations called on the minister to remove his post from Twitter.
پاکستان میڈیا کے ریونیو میں 2018 سے 2021 میں 600 فیصد اضافہ ہوا ہے, یہ خوش آئند بات ہے لیکن سوال یہ ہے اگر معیشت مستحکم نہ ہو تو اشتہارات میں اتنا اضافہ کیسے ممکن ہے? ذرا سوچئے اور خدا کیلئے میڈیا ورکرز کی تنخواہوں میں اضافہ کریں اضافہ کریں تا کہم لگنا شروع و لگنا شروع ہو pic.twitter.com/cRzeyMD672
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) January 17, 2022
In September, Fawad Chaudhry launched his own “fake news” allegations, claiming that the newspaper, Dawn, “actively participates in an international plot hatched to slander Pakistan”.