Indian TV Anchor Refers To China’s PLA As “Pakistan Liberation Army” In Broadcasting Gaffe
An anchor on Indian channel The Times Now mistakenly referred to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China, as the “Pakistan Liberation Army” during a broadcast.
This blunder, which has been the occasion for amusement on Pakistani social media, seems to have occurred due to a mistaken assumption that the acronym PLA refers to Pakistan.
The anchor was referring to a screen display which read “PLA War Model” when the baffling mistake occurred. She can be heard explaining this as the “Pakistan Liberation Army War Model” and claimed it was “just a photocopy of what Ladakh is looking like”.
Commentators have often written of the jingoism involved in breathless “war situation” coverage by Indian private TV channels – a model of covering military affairs which was picked up by others in South Asia.
Times Now is a 24-hour English news channel in India owned and operated by The Times Group. The channel launched in 2006 in partnership with Reuters.
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