Organizers of Aurat March demand an apology over fake video

Lahore, 12th March: Organisers and supporters of the Aurat March Karachi are calling for an apology for a misleading video.

Baaghi TV: According to reports, organizers of the Aurat March Karachi have demanded an apology from the journalists and social media pages for showing a false video of the rally on March 8, 2021.

As per reports, a false video from the Aurat March 2021 was reported to show participants raising blasphemous slogans and it was widely shared online.

The organizers tweeted, “The Aurat March faces severe backlash every year. Our videos and posters are targeted and manipulated, spreading misinformation and maligning the March. This year, one of our videos was doctored and heinous allegations are being placed on us.”

As per reports gathered from Dawn Images, the organisers shared both videos on social media to show how the words of the slogans were changed.

The forum reported that fake videos were shared by some journalists with huge followings on Twitter which led to death threats for the organisers.

They are now demanding:

  • public apology and immediate retraction by all the journalists and media houses who have shared misinformation about the Aurat Marches and that this point on social media accounts, newspapers, television shows etc.
  • The individual journalists and media organisations desist from spreading false and malicious information endangering the lives of Aurat March organisers and participants.
  • That media houses stop inviting individuals with a history of repeatedly and deliberately spreading disinformation on their platforms.

A Google Document is being shared online which contains both the statement and signatures by over 260 journalists, activists and supporters who endorse it.

Several people have also taken to Twitter to condemn the doctored videos using the hashtags #StopHateAgainstAuratMarch and #ApologisetoAuratMarch.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has also condemned the campaign against the Aurat March. It said an apology is not enough.

A person Ovais Malangwala from Hum TV apologised for spreading the video:

Watch the original video here:

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