Rushed Reporting: Media Confusion Leads to Unverified Claims

Published On: April 12, 2023Categories: Fact Check, Uncategorized

Incomplete and unverified news can lead to confusion among audiences. One reason for such confusion is the media’s rush to broadcast news, especially breaking news, without verifying the accuracy of the information.

A recent example of this rush is the news about the casualties of a group of former special forces in Parwan province who are fighting against the Taliban. The news originated from Ahmadabai district chief of Paktia province, Hamid Khorasani, who stated in an interview with the media that Akmal Amir, an anti-Taliban commander, and his companions were killed by Taliban forces in Shutul district of Panjshir province. The news mentioned the number of casualties, which was eight people, and the location of the incident in Shutul district.

The media broadcasted the statement without verifying the news from other sources or checking its accuracy. They repeatedly broadcasted the news, although only a part of the information was confirmed, and some parts of it remain unconfirmed. This news was widely reflected on social media, with focus on the death of Akmal Amir and other former special forces commanders such as Basir Andarabi. However, the location of the incident changed from Shutul district to Salang district of Parwan province, and doubts arose about the death of Akmal Amir.

Basir Andarabi’s death was confirmed with the broadcast of images of his body, but there is doubt about the death of Akmal Amir since no photo of him was released. The “Afghanistan Freedom Front” – the group to which Akmal Amir and his companions are affiliated – did not confirm his death, and some other sources say that he is alive but have not provided any valid document to prove it.

There are various possibilities about the fate of Akmal Amir, and so far, the claims of both sides are just claims, with no valid documents to prove either claim. The media, especially those operating outside the country, hurriedly broadcasted this news without verifying its accuracy, creating confusion among the audience.

The shortage of information resources faced by media outlets operating outside the country leads them to constantly search for news to fill their news hours and social media. However, they often fall for raw and unverified information from sources and individuals, causing confusion among audiences.

For instance, media outlets recently posted a picture of a young man on their social media and internet pages, claiming that the Taliban had shot him with arrows. However, it later became clear that the young man was alive and well in Kabul and had not been harmed in any way.

In conclusion, the media should verify their news sources and check the accuracy of the information they receive before broadcasting it. Rushing to broadcast incomplete news can create confusion and misinformation among audiences.

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