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PTI deletes its list of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ journalists after backlash

PTI deletes its list of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ journalists after backlash on social media.

The ruling political party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) had prepared lists of its favourite and non favourite journalists. 

The lists were shared by the PTI Lahore official Twitter handle, however, the tweets were taken down after meeting with backlash on social media. 

The list of ‘bad’ journalists on social media, calling them “anchors/mediamen building narratives for the corrupt”.

“Let take these names loud and clear,” the tweet said shared with the hashtag ‘HardTalkNotCapitalTalk’.

Though the tweets were taken down, but the internet never forgets!

According to the list, Hamid Mir, Asma Shirazi, Naseem Zahra, Najam Sethi, Talat Hussain, Mansoor Ali Khan, Gharidah Farooqi, Javed Ch, and Saleem Safi were termed the ‘bad journalists’.

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While the journalists on the good side included: Imran Khan, Maleeha Hashmey, Sabir Shakir, Kashif Abbasi, Ghulam Hussain, Sami Ibrahim, Shifa Yousafzai, Mooed Pirzada, Abdul Qadir, and Waqar Malik.

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The lists met with harsh backlash on social media, considering it as an attack on press freedom, many came out condemning this act in Tweets: 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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