Dawn: Bad sub-editing gets magistrate ‘arrested’

Dawn News recently published (read: blundered on) a column ‘Crackdown on counterfeit drugs’ in the newspaper dated 15-4-2015.

Everything was smooth sailing as usual until I read what was under the heading ‘HELD:’ where it got interesting:

The original article that appeared on Dawn
The original article that appeared on Dawn

Various price control magistrates on Tuesday got arrested 33 shopkeepers…

 

Did I miss something or did the magistrates actually get themselves ‘arrested’ over over-pricing?

 

The awkward moment when you get arrested due to bad sub-editing
The awkward moment when you get arrested due to bad sub-editing

 

Working in digital media department of a reputed news channel myself, I was forced to verify the authenticity of the news as I could not believe that the rookie mistake had indeed been made in the print edition of Dawn.

Being an avid reader of Dawn since my childhood days, I was more disappointed than amazed at the prospect of such a blunder passing ‘stringent’ multi-layered quality checks of a pioneer and leading English newspaper.

My verdict?

+1 for comedy of errors, -2 for quality assurance

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