Sunday 26 February 2017

Papers sorry after WikiLeaks hoax

Pakistani newspapers were hoaxed by reports based on fake WikiLeaks cables
Pakistani newspapers were hoaxed by reports based on fake WikiLeaks cables

Leading Pakistani newspapers have acknowledged they were hoaxed after publishing reports based on fake WikiLeaks cables containing crude anti-Indian propaganda.

The reports - which featured prominently in several papers on Thursday - cited alleged US diplomatic cables as confirming many right-wing Pakistani views and conspiracy theories about India and the disputed Kashmir region.

Much of Pakistan's media takes a pro-military, anti-Indian line.

The instigator of the hoax material remains unclear, though it appeared to have originated on a news website known for anti-Indian and anti-Hindu articles.

One paper, The Express Tribune, published an apology on Friday. Others admitted they were hoaxed.

Press Association

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