Newsweek Pakistan editor Fasih likely to resign for his ‘shameful’ tweets on child abuse cases

By Moniba Ali

(Pak Destiny) Highly shameful of tweets of editor for Newsweek’s edition in Pakistan Fasih Ahmed has forced to Newsweek International to sever its edition in Pakistan or see this shameful editor out of this organization.

Mr Ahmed blatantly defended sexual abuse against children with reference to Zainab case. He exposed himself bitterly over the issue emerged as supporter of child molesters.  Although he apologized, but he got condemnation and curse from all quarters for his shameless comments. Almost 5,000 tweets against him have poured in so far on social media.

Fasih Ahmed, retweeted a Twitter thread urging due process for a man arrested (Imran Ali, 23) and accused of raping and murdering seven-year-old Zainab.

For such absurd comments, the Newsweek International announced “it would look critically at its Pakistan licensee due to Ahmed’s statements.”

Sharing his own thoughts on the topic Ahmed said: “The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that,” Ahmed tweeted. He later deleted the tweet.”

“Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but that’s all just about you, not those who’ve been victimized. At least he came straight,” he said.

For such absurd comments, the Newsweek International announced “it would look critically at its Pakistan licensee due to Ahmed’s statements.”

“Recent tweets by Newsweek Pakistan editor @therealfasih do not represent the views of @Newsweek. We are reviewing our relationship with @NewsweekPak, which operates under a license agreement,” the publication’s official account tweeted.

Business Insider reported that Ahmed’s troubles at Newsweek Pakistan come a week after the US branch of the publication’s New York office was raided by the Manhattan district attorney for undisclosed reasons.

“The week before, Newsweek published an article speculating about whether or not President Donald Trump suffered from erectile dysfunction which concluded by saying: “There’s no guarantee that Trump is or isn’t experiencing finasteride’s side effects; just that they’re a possibility.

The article follows a string of questionable editorial decisions and reports that Newsweek has become a “toxic work environment” which has “descended into a content farm for last-resort clickbait,” it reported.

One wonders how this so-called journalist still in the field of journalism and waiting to be kicked out of the profession for good. – Pak Destiny

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