Pakistani media has once again published a fake news story, without any verification. Many national newspapers (including the top-ranked Jang and Dunya) published a fake story that Melinda Gates, the wife of Bill Gates has filed a case in the court seeking the divorce from Bill Gates and is demanding 90 percent share in the couple’s total wealth.
The story first appeared on an unverified website claiming to have original source in Daily Telegraph; however, it is not true. The website is a fake version of Telegraph which clearly states that “The site is a source of parody, satire, and humor and is for entertainment purpose only”.
One wonders how the leading national newspapers published such a big story on their front page, without a background check and proper verification. Though Jang has removed the story from their website but it is still there in the print version and today’s e-paper.
There needs to be strict editorial control over the stories’ background check. Young reporters take content from fake or unverified websites and they cause embarrassment for the organization.
It is not the first time that the Pakistani newspapers have published a story without verifying it. Back in August, at least three leading Urdu newspapers of Pakistan published a fake story titled as “Pakistanis can visit the United States without acquiring Visa”.
They claimed that the United States has included Pakistan into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which would allow the Pakistani citizens to visit America without acquiring the Visa. They also reported that earlier there were 38 countries and Pakistan is the 39th country to get the facility.