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December 11, 2010

Jang Group protests to Online

National

December 11, 2010

KARACHI: A senior official of The Jang Group has protested the release of the story by the Online news agency about some purported diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks disclosing that there were enough evidences of Indian involvement in Waziristan and other tribal areas of Pakistan as well as Balochistan. The story was published by all newspapers of the group, including Daily Jang and The News International, on December 10, 2010. The news item was also carried by the group’s websites.
The official said in a letter to Online on Friday: “Immediately on publication of the above story, the international media declared this news as fake and severely criticised our newspapers. The Guardian of UK published under the headline ‘Pakistani Media publish fake Wikileaks cable attacking India.’ They mentioned the name of Daily Jang and The News International and said that it was the first case of Wikileaks being exploited for propaganda purposes.”
The letter said: “We have ourselves investigated and checked thoroughly and did not find any such diplomatic cable on WikiLeaks. Our groupís credibility has been thus badly damaged at the international level due to your concocted and fake news item.” It added: “Please let us know at the earliest why such a damaging fake story was concocted by your news agency and who had asked you to do so.”
The official pointed out that senior editors of the group had complained that in the past too, Online news agency had released false and fake news items on many occasions. “They have become suspicious of the credibility of the stories of your agency and are showing reluctance to use the same any more,” he said.
“We will be waiting for your reply and in the meantime please note that we will not pay you the subscription of the current month. Please also note that if in future if we find any more fake or concocted story in your releases, we will not hesitate to terminate the arrangements with you.”

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