ARY, Dunya News Issued Notices For Airing Fake News About Kuwait Airline Grounding Pakistani Pilots
Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) has issued show-cause notices to a number of private news channels, including ARY and Dunya News, for airing ‘false news’ that Kuwait Airways had grounded Pakistani pilots.
The regulation authority posted the notice’s picture on Twitter, wherein it was stated that show cause notice were served to ARY, Dunya News, 24 News, Public TV, and GTV “for airing false news regarding suspension/termination of Pakistani pilots and engineers working in Kuwait Airways”.
— Report PEMRA (@reportpemra) June 29, 2020
The notice directed the channels to show cause within 14 days and tender apology for airing false news “without any editorial check/verification”.
On Sunday, social media was abuzz with rumors that several international airlines, including Kuwait Airways, have stopped Pakistani pilots and engineering staff from working after the reports that Pakistan has grounded 262 pilots holding ‘fake’ licenses.
In response to these rumors, Kuwait Airways issued a clarification statement on Twitter saying that the news being circulated on media that the airline had terminated the services of Pakistani pilots wasn’t true. The clarification noted that currently no Pakistani pilot was an employee of Kuwait Airways.
عدد ١٣ مهندساً من الجنسية الباكستانية يحملون المؤهلات العلمية المعتمدة من منظمات السلامة والصيانة الدولية ويعملون حالياً مع زملائهم بكل كفاءة ومهنية،، لذا اقتضى التوضيح شاكرين للجميع تفهمهم وتعاونهم..
— Kuwait Airways (@KuwaitAirways) June 28, 2020
“Although there 13 Pakistani engineers employed in the airlines who hold the educational qualifications accredited by the international safety and maintenance organisations,” the statement read.