Protests being held against Dawn for publishing false news

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  1. Pakistan News: After Dawn published a fake report about the ethnicity of the London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan, who killed two people last week, a group of unidentified people organized a protest outside the office of Dawn on Monday.

The protestors spent nearly three hours outside the building, holding banners and chanting slogans against Dawn. They surrounded the area and held the people of the staff hostage. They were not allowing the employees to enter or leave the building and demanded a written apology. Some protestors also misbehaved with the employees when they were entering the office.

Security personnel in the press center closed the gates to prevent the protesters from entering the premises before police and capital administration personnel arrived.

After lengthy negotiations with the management of Dawn in the presence of a deputy commissioner, the protesters finally agreed to stop the protest after issuing a warning.

However, leaders of different political parties including parliamentarians and journalists condemned the incident.

Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Chairman of the Senate Human Rights Functional Committee, took notice of the surrounding of the Dawn offices by unidentified people and asked the Islamabad police inspector general to submit a report to the committee on the incident on December 6. He also requested detailed information on the police’s actions against those who besieged Dawn’s office.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) condemned the incident and said in a statement, “No one should be allowed to attack media outlets in the name of protest.” He also asked the government to take action against the people who attacked the building and promised to support the journalist fraternity.

Marriyum Aurangzeb, Information Secretary of PMLN demanded a high-level investigation of the incident so that the attackers can be identified and punished. She said in a statement that the people involved in the attack must be severely punished to set a precedent that can act as a deterrent in the future. She said, “Such actions are unacceptable in any civilized society.”

Ayub Malik, President of National Party (NP) called it an attack on the freedom of media. He also demanded the government to take strict action against the protestors for holding the employees of Dawn hostage. He suggested using video footages of the protest available on social media in order to identify the protestors.

Protest in Karachi:

A group of protestors also staged a protest against Dawn outside the Karachi Press Club. The protestors were holding banners and placards, which mentioned ‘Tehreek Tahaffuz-i-Pakistan Movement’ and ‘Boycott Indian Dawn’.

The protesters also threatened to siege the newsgroup’s offices if rapid measures are not taken against their management and other outlets of the media group for publishing false news.

Some People on Twitter including Journalists also condemned the incident.

 

 

Some people on Twitter also spoke in support of the protest.

 

 

 

 

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