Drugs in schools.
Byline: Hasan Jamal - Karachi
THIS is with reference to the letter 'Drug abuse in schools' (Dec 30).
The letter states that 'more than 50 per cent of students in private schools in Islamabad' use drugs. However, the statistics were disproved and called baseless, as they were sourced from a three-year old report, which was never released to the public.
The statistics were rejected by the then Minister of Capital Administration and Development Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, the city police and private and federal schools of Islamabad. They asserted that the survey had never been conducted.
The source for this information was carried by the media. The correct statistics, as reported in these articles, is closer to 2pc.
We live in dangerous times of fake news and misinformation, and the burden of ethical journalism and verifying facts before propagating them falls on all of us. It is critical that we do not become unthinking pawns in today's machine of mass hysteria. We're better than this.