A local online tabloid, ‘Pakistan Today’ issued a story today regarding the ‘Shahzeb murder case’ and its recent development – which said that the father of the deceased agreed upon a sum of money for dropping the charges against Shahrukh Jatoi, the prime suspect in the case.
This little piece of information created quite an uproar on various social networking sites, specially twitter. Later on, it was revealed that the news was in fact a hoax and was only created for better viewership and thwarting the revolution of a movement regarding the whole predicament.
We have some tweets below, which clearly show – how distraught people got after facing such a poor exemplar of investigative journalism.
I spoke with Shahzeb’s father Aurangzeb who told me no amount of money would be acceptable only blind Justice. Pakistan Today has printed BS
It is sad to see Pakistan Today promoting such false claims for a little chunk of readership . Sad Sad day for the pen . #JusticeforShahzeb
Fake story published by Pakistan today, possibly to cut off the sympathy of people for Shahzeb’s family #JusticeForShahzebKhan
Pakistan Today must roll out a disclaimer before the deceased family presses charges against it.
i just go a call from a close friend of Shazaib who says this news by Pakistan Today is an attempt to damage the case for Shazaib.
Pakistan Today printed a fake story (and pulled it after outrage) about Shahzeb Khan’s father accepting blood money. Disgusting, trashy move
PAkistan today deletes the fake article #Justice4Shahzeb
Pakistan Today posted fake news to de fame and demoralise shahzebs family #justiceforshahzebkhan. Cheap publicity stunt !
Pakistan Today shame on you, you are trying to stop a real youth revolution #Justice4Shahzeb
SHAME ON YOU PAKISTAN TODAY! SHAME ON YOU ! WE CANT TAKE MONEY FOR OUR SON, BROTHER AND FRIEND
+1 RT @SamanTariq88:Pakistan Today shud issue an apology for falsifying news abt Shahzeb’s father accepting blood money
The news published in the newspaper ‘PAKISTAN TODAY‘ is FAKE !Just trying to demoralize us, what ever they are trying to do.We will not stop
F**k you Pakistan today! &when I say ‘Pakistan today‘, I mean the newspaper, not all of you sitting in Pakistan today.
Disclaimer: The news abt Shahzeb’s father withdrawing the case was published by Pakistan Today which,according to shahzeb’s friend,is a hoax
Shahzeb’s father Aurangzeb said “no amount of money would be aceptable only blind Justice. Pakistan Today printed BS”
Story first published: 7th January 2013