January 18, 2022
ISLAMABAD - Several leading media organisations have rejected a claim by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry that media revenues had increased by 600 per cent between 2018 and 2021.
The bodies, including All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), termed it a 'classic example of fake news.'
"He has only exposed his own ignorance about the matter and also how ill-informed his ministry is," a statement said.
The media organisations claimed that Chaudhry's statement attempted to sow unrest between media houses and their workers. They alleged that the minister had intentionally spread misinformation.
In response, the minister took to Twitter, claiming that media owners, "may be right and Aurora's figures are wrong but to prove it wrong it is necessary for media groups to open their accounts."
The media bodies also demanded that the minister withdraw his tweet at the earliest.
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