DailyMail report leads into spreading false news about Meesha Shafi’s imprisonment
Times of India and IBTimes reports claimed that a Pakistan court has given a three-year sentence to singer Meesha Shafi.
The Wall Street Journal published a report on March 12 on Meesha Shafi, titled “Pakistani Singer Faces Prosecution for Accusing Pop Star of Groping Her.” The report clarified how Meesha “set off the country’s most prominent #MeToo banter when she blamed a pop star for harassing her. Furthermore, presently she was being indicted on a criminal maligning charge and is confronting conceivable jail time.”
DailyMail took portions of the WSJ report to frame the feature that asserted Meesha “faces three years in prison”. They cited the WSJ report too.
The feature said “Pakistani vocalist who blamed pop star for grabbing her and started country’s #MeToo development faces three years in prison for ‘criminal maligning’.”
India’s distributions made it a stride further, and asserted that the artist has been given a three-year sentence. India’s IBtimes and Times of India announced that Meesha was awarded a three-year sentence, while ZeeNews revealed that she faces three years in prison. ZeeNews cited MailOnline/DailyMail, while Times of India cited “a report”.
Since the court has not arraigned her or any of different respondents for the situation, DailyMail utilizing “faces jail” for Meesha is mistaken. Maybe in an offer to not counterfeit word-by-word, the newspaper re-composed it however got the significance wrong. WSJ stated, “Whenever indicted, she could be condemned to as long as three years in jail,” while DailyMail excluded the initial segment and utilized the second part in the feature, delivering it without setting. DailyMail is a UK newspaper, which has confronted allegations of distributing unconfirmed news.
Moreover, Meesha Shafi’s legal counselor Asad Jamal stated on twitter that “This is with ref to the fake news claiming that my client Meesha Shafi has been sentenced to 3 yrs imprisonment. No such verdict has been passed by trial court in the frivolous criminal defamation case instituted by Ali Zafar against several women.”