Thursday, June 26, 2014

R.I.P Journalism

First it was Shoaib Akhtar,  the fasted blower from Pakistan  is getting married to some teenage girl.

He denied that news on his twitter, dubbed it a crap rumor and said there is no truth in that.

"I would like to confirm that I'm not getting married to 17 year old girl,there is absolutely no truth in the story being reported..(Contd.)
 ...If not me,atleast respect the girl! Totally False"

Then yesterday  we heard  the breaking news that  38 years old Shohid Akhtar  a.k.a Rawailpindi Express weds in a low key with a 20 year old girl named  Rabab Mustaq from Haripur.  The wedding ceremony was attended by family members and close friends of groom and bride. Dawn News

Breaking  news was his wedding  until  FB started buzzing  with another breaking news of  "India  has found the pic of SA's 20 year old bride."

 Every paper and its FB page  be it Pakistani or Indian started  using that pic without any verification.

Actually India Today and Hindustan Times posted a pic of SA with  Amy Billimoria who is in reality a designer, not his 20 yrs old bride everyone is dying to see.

 Of course it was a low key event, pics are not out yet.

 Reporters/ Photographers  should start doing some legwork like sitting out side his house to get the glimpse of newly wed, instead of Googling before claiming we found the pic.

 WTfish is this 20 years old bride?

Almost every  paper's head line is "20 years old bride"like  no man has ever married any women 18 years younger than him in this entire world?  (Do the maths. if SA is really 38, and she is 20(confirmed) then there is  18 years age difference between this couple). Still she is an adult. Also that 20 year old bride  has a name, use it. FYI,  her sure name is Mushtaq, not Khan, she is Rubab Mushtaq, not Rubab Khan like papers are reporting.

India Today :
Hindustan Times:
Amy and Shoaib:


  1. Being correct doesn't seem to matter anymore. It's very sad.

  2. Clearly he doesn't care if he marries someone of his own age group he will be comfortable talking with. Talking probably isn't on his mind.

  3. You know what they say about reporters, "never let the truth get in the way of a good story"!

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