DG ISPR condemns sweeping social media trend targeting journalists
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army chief spokesman Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor on Sunday spoke out against a recent Twitter trend targeting the country’s journalist community.
Using his personal Twitter account in the wee hours of Sunday, DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor said that irresponsible biased use of social media and vested negative trends can lead to misunderstandings and spats.
“Sweeping targeted statements or trends against any individual / profession/ institution are unethical. One such example is sweeping trend against journalists,” he said, adding people to stay responsible while using social media.
Irresponsible biased use of social media & vested negative trends can lead to misunderstandings / spats. Sweeping targeted statements or trends against any individual / profession/ institution are unethical. One such example is sweeping trend against journalists.#StayResponsible
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) July 6, 2019
His tweet came after #ArrestAntiPakJournalists trended on Twitter for several days, drawing flak from the journalist community and rights activists. The hateful trend dubbed the leading Pakistani journalists as traitors and called for their arrest.
Analysis of hashtag #ArrestAntiPakJournalists an organized network of human-bots comprising approx 600 to 800+ fake accounts participated 57000 tweets & RTs to intimidate journalists, @HamidMirPAK and @asmashirazi were the most ‘popular’ targets. Report: https://t.co/KUHzefOVNM
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) July 6, 2019
This hashtag #ArrestAntiPakJournalists , doing rounds on social media is a pathetic attempt to intimidate journalists – such crass attempts have never been successful. Journalists will always continue to ask tough/unpleasant questions.
— Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) July 6, 2019