Once Again! Pakistani Media Fooled by UN Certificate of Peace for Islam

Yet again, we have come across a story which was not cross-checked and published as news by most online publishers and even some Pakistani TV channels. Many news websites published and tweeted about a UNESCO certificate which certifies that Islam is the most peaceful religion in the world.

In an act, which can only be defined as foolish, many local and international sites from the Muslim world started quoting the fake certificate. Some of them even added remarks from a UNESCO press release which never really existed.

Media was fooled into believing that UNESCO really published a Religion of Peace Certificate

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. As far as religion is concerned, the international organisation is mandated to promote interreligious or intercultural dialogues on a global scale. It has nothing to do with awarding certificates to religions.

Some of the most popular online publishers and news sites (including some TV channel websites) are among the long list of fooled news service providers and online publishers. We can confirm that ARY News and Radio Pakistan (Government run website) published the story on their websites.

Most popular online publishers and news channels published the news story.

It is very unfortunate that these Pakistani news providers publish a story without even doing a basic background check. A simple Google search reveals that the whole story was made up by an Indian website called JuntaKaReporter. It is a satirical website and all stories they publish are fake.

They have a disclaimer on their website saying “You seriously believe this **** is real? Before you sue us, do a favor to your intelligence and realize that it is a satire website. Everything published here is made up. But if you are still that stupid and hurt, we are sorry.”

UNESCO denounced the fake statement on Tuesday night

Sadly, no one cared to cross check whether the story was indeed real. The news went viral instantly and UNESCO had to quickly clarify their stance and denounce the fake statement. In a statement released yesterday, UNESCO states “We wish to refer to the recent allegations posted on the website juntakareporter, citing an alleged statement and certificate from UNESCO declaring “Islam as the most peaceful religion of the world”. Such statement was never made by the Organization and that the certificate reproduced on this website is a fake one.”

The Fake Certificate of Peace
The Fake Certificate of Peace with fake signatures if Irina Bokova and wrong logo of the International Peace Foundation

News posts also mentioned that UNESCO had worked in partnership with Internal Peace Foundation (IPF) for six months before issuing the certificate. The UN organisation clarified that they have never worked with any such organisation to issue such a diploma nor do they support IPF in any way.

These careless acts malign the country and Islam’s name in front of the world

We recently reported about the media being fooled by a scientist’s fake claims. Not long ago, Samaa was fined for misreporting. Many other TV channels have also come under fire for reporting made-up news. Before that we heard about Darren Sammy being awarded Pakistani citizenship by CM KPK Pervez Khattak’s fake account. In the recent past, we have seen many other examples of misreporting by TV and online news providers. This has gone on long enough and it is time that resharing fake news without any sort of fact verification is considered a legal violation.

Not only do acts like these ruin the country’s image internationally, they cause unnecessary scandals. This UNESCO Certificate of Peace story was published internationally and maligned Muslims’ name worldwide. As news of the authenticity of the story reaches the international public, it will present a negative image of Muslims. Do we really want that to happen?

Let us know what you think about the matter in the comments below.

He is the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at aadil.s[at]propakistani.pk

  • Illustrate, blackmailer, corrupt, third classye, cheap story makers, politically influenced can be few words for Pakistani TV channels, newspapers and so called journalists running these.

    If you see the level and quality of their news a sensible person would kill himself.

    • Sad but Agree!
      Bilawal Bhutto ny Tweet ki hai,
      Marryam Nawaz ny ki tweet sy pata chala hai k blah blah

  • Aadil bhai koi farak nahi parhna, kal phir aisi koi news aaega aur humara media bechna shuro kar dega us ko.

    I seriously believe itne ullu yeh log bhi nahi hain ke inko pata na ho ke yeh original hai ya fake, but they do it deliberately just to get ratings, sab gorakh dhanda hai sarkar.

    Ab aap andaza lagao, social media se videos chaap kar yeh log news banate hain. Bas koi bhi caption de do video ko aur chipka do.

    Baki rahi baat investigative journalism ki tu humara media kabhi kar hi na ley…

  • We always need a certificate for islam, searching Allah name in tomato, or Muhammd name in clouds, or Kalima on a cow body. Are we really stupid to proov that we are peaceful just for these fake certificates. If these ISIS, TTP, Ab Siyaf, Al Shbab, etc will work by taking name of Islam untill unless some of our Saudi fellows will not disown them Islam cannot be proov as most peacefyl religion in the world. And yes we are peaceful but we are politicized and we are by force made up a face which is not peaceful anymore in front of the world.

  • ye aik sochi samjhi sazish hai, jhoot aur such main aise uljha diya hai k ab agar such bhi ayega to log yeqeen nahi karain gay. . . . . .

  • In-fact UN definitely issue a violence certificate to Israel (for killing innocent Palestinians and capture there land).

  • close