Schlagwort-Archive: The News

Pakistani Media Fakes Wikileaks-Cables


„A cable from US Embassy in Islamabad leaked by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks disclosed that there were enough evidences of Indian involvement in Waziristan and other tribal areas of Pakistan as well as Balochistan.“

– on December 9th, „The News“, a major Pakistani newspaper outlet, was boosting its frontpage news. It seems like the Wikileaks diplomatic cables released two weeks ago revealed Pakistan´s arch-rival India was supporting Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in the tribal areas of Waziristan.

„Another cable indicated involvement of top Indian Army leadership in engaging Hindu extremist militants to carry out certain terror operations to keep Indian Muslims on the back foot and to keep pressure on neighbouring Pakistan’s Army and intelligence agencies, particularly the Inter-Services Intelligence.“, the News wrote.

Meanwhile, several foreign and Pakistani journalists managed to find out that the alleged cables published not only by „The News“ but several other Pakistani newspapers, were in fact fake. None of the real Wikileaks documents holds information about Indian involvment in internal Pakistani affairs or support for Pakistani terror groups fighting the government of Islamabad.

The British Guardian had an article about Pakistani media´s false report and cited some editors of the newspapers as saying the publication was a mistake due to „“agencies‘ copy“. Islamabad-based news agency „Online News“ was held responsible for spreading the fake news on the alleged Wikileaks cables.

Read the Guardian´s article about „Pakistan Media publish fake Wikileaks cables attacking India“ here.

The Case of Umar Cheema – Fighting for Freedom of Press

Pakistani investigative journalist Umar Cheema, writing for „The News“, experienced in a horrible way the result of critizising a nation´s army that is widely regarded as one if not the pillar of the state he is living in.

Early September Cheema left his home, when unknown men wearing shirts saying „No Fear“ stopped his car, blindfolding the journalist and taking him to a safe house. Cheema ended up being obducted and abused. His captors shave his head as well as the eyebrows, strip him naked and start a session of torture and abuse. Humiliated and beaten, Cheema is told by one of his kidnappers: „“If you can’t avoid rape, enjoy it.”

After six hours physically tortured, the journalist was dumped on a road outside Pakistani capital of Islamabad. What makes Cheema´s case unusual is the fact that the 34 year-old is now speaking out openely about what happened to him, even giving interview to U.S. officials in the Islamabad Embassy.

„I have suspicions and every journalist has suspicions that all fingers point to the ISI“, Umar Cheema says about the terrible six hours he had experienced, accusing Pakistan´s intelligence agency.

Pakistani authorities claim Cheema´s statements and accusations are false and lies. Nevertheless his case is causing international media attentation.

The journalist had been an outspoken critic of the Pakistani Military, writing about alleged abuses and crimes committed by soldiers. It seems like Umar Cheema is not willing to let his story become just another case of oppression of the free media in a state dealing with terrorism and political enemies within  and outside the country.

Read the story of the Pakistani journalist´s fight for freedom of press here.