The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked two Twitter handles impersonating army officers. According to a local publication; “The PTA has blocked both accounts and legal action is being taken against those running them.”
PTA blocked two Twitter handles promoting a false narrative
According to the sources, the blocked Twitter accounts were run by a political party promoting a false narrative of a particular political party being supported within the armed forces arena. The PTA blocked two Twitter handles that go by the be of; Major General (retd) Faisal Mushtaq and Major General (retd) Asghar. Both recently created accounts, as shown in the picture shared by the local media, claimed to be ex-army officers.
Recently, the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb had a meeting with the delegation of the media’s Joint Action Committee (JAC) to make amendments to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) laws in order to curb fake news. She said; “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will not compromise on the freedom of expression. The prime minister wants to promote this constitutional and civil right as the death of journalism is the death of politics and democracy.”
PTA term journalist Imran Riaz Khan’s statement ‘a blatant lie’
A blatant lie from a TV host to malign a government organisation is regrettable. Media ethics demand that he should have sought PTA version on the issue. PTA is reporting this irresponsible and #fabricated content to relevant platforms for blocking. pic.twitter.com/pOiMqo3e1E
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) April 21, 2022
A Pro-PTI supporter and a journalist, Imran Riaz Khan, had claimed that the government had ordered the PTA to shut down the internet during Imran Khan’s rally in Lahore that was held on 21st April. He alleged that the reason behind the poor internet speed on the day of the rally was to stop PTI followers from spreading their event as the party supporters use social media mediums to promote the recent developments. In a tweet, PTA said; “A blatant lie from a TV host to malign a government organization is regrettable. Media ethics demand that he should have sought a PTA version on the issue. PTA is reporting this irresponsible and #fabricated content to relevant platforms for blocking.”