November 08, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Two journalists on Thursday opined that fake news and social media have become a threat to journalism.
In a tweet, Hamid Mir (pictured, left) said: “Fake news is biggest threat to media freedom, promoters of fake news are actually hostages of their personal likings and dislikings.”
He was commenting on a tweet by Salman Masood (pictured, right), who thought that “many journalists have become hostage to WhatsApp groups’ gossip and unverified chatter.”
Masood is a correspondent of the New York Times in Pakistan.
He reminded journalists of their job: “Their main job is to report accurately after talking to officials and solid sources, not to simply act as vessels of unverified and sensational WhatsApp group content.”
Daily Times, May 29, 2018