Pakistan Government bans Pakistan media from covering news on the Iran Airstrikes inside Pakistani territory. All journalists were banned from visiting the areas which were attacked.
On 16 January 2024, Iran carried out a series of missile and drone strikes within Pakistan’s Balochistan province, claiming that it had targeted the Iranian Baloch militant group Jaish ul-Adl. Also, Pakistan launches retaliatory airstrikes on Iran after Tehran attack.
Meanwhile, a letter purportedly from Pakistan’s prime minister is making the rounds on the internet, ordering media outlets to refrain from publishing any information about Iranian airstrikes. You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.
Pakistan Government bans Pakistan media from covering news on the Iran Airstrikes inside Pakistani territory. All journalists banned from visiting the areas which were attacked.#Pakistan #PakistanArmy #IranAttackPakistan #IranAttacksPakistan pic.twitter.com/6NinPwpBDZ
— Max (@Max55855195) January 17, 2024
What’s the truth?
While conducting a basic Google reverse image search of the letter we discovered an X post by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting dated January 17, 2024. According to the post, “This is a fake and fabricated note. The concerned government agencies will prosecute fabricating and disseminating these fake media products to the fullest extent of the law.”
This is a fake and fabricated note. The concerned government agencies will prosecute fabricating and disseminating these fake media products to the fullest extent of the law. pic.twitter.com/mRqyhe1HNO
— Fact Checker MoIB (@FactCheckerMoIB) January 17, 2024
By advancing our search, we were able to find a response from Pakistan’s official account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Iran’s airstrike. Two press releases dated January 17, 2024, are included in this.
The first statement was titled “Pakistan’s Strong Condemnation of the Unprovoked Violation of its Air Space.” The second statement was about “Foreign Minister receives telephone call of the Foreign Minister of Iran.”
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Pakistan’s Strong Condemnation of the Unprovoked Violation of its Air Space
— Spokesperson MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) January 16, 2024
We also searched Pakistan’s PMO’s official website and X accounts, but we were unable to locate any news releases or announcements of this nature.
All of this information makes it clear that the widely circulated viral letter is a fake.
As a result, we conclude that the widely circulated letter asserting that the Pakistani government forbids any media outlet from reporting on the Iran Airstrikes is wholly untrue and inaccurate. The letter is a forgery and Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also clarified the same.