WEB DESK – The Pakistani stalwart and progressive media group, Express Tribune, self censored an article of the New York Times in its local copy of international newspaper as it was all about allegations of Pakistan’s top spy agency with Osama Bin Laden.
According to the publishers, the said article did not appear in the 9,000 copies published by Times Pakistan, a part of Express Tribune newspaper.
Why is 2/3rds of the International New York Times front page in Pakistan blank today? pic.twitter.com/MgfYQtvs4I
— sherryrehman (@sherryrehman) March 22, 2014
A spokeswoman of New York Times’ group Eileen Murphy had claimed that article was removed without the prior knowledge. “We would never self-censor and this decision was made without our knowledge or agreement. While we understand that our publishing partners are sometimes faced with local pressures, we regret any censorship of our journalism,” she said.
It is now, however, unclear whether New York Times would continue its partnership with Express Tribune or not.
Pakistan’s Reaction over Allegations
The allegations leveled in ‘censored’ article – an extract from forthcoming book of New York Times reporter Times reporter Carlotta Gall – were strongly refuted by civilian and military administration.
Major General Asim Bajwa, head of Pakistan Army’s PR department, termed Gall’s allegations as ‘baseless, ridiculous, nothing new/credible’ in a tweet.
Moreover, Pakistani embassy in Washington DC, US Capital, stated in an official communique said “Senior US officials have on a number of occasions stated on record that they had seen no intelligence linking Government of Pakistan and any of its agencies to OBL’s presence in Abbottabad. To still believe otherwise and to resurrect the issue through unnamed sources and unconfirmed reports does not deserve attention.”