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Tue May 29, 2012 2:46PM
BBC publishes the photo of Iraqi dead children to report on Syria.

BBC publishes the photo of Iraqi dead children to report on Syria.

Britain’s state-run broadcast BBC has been heavily criticized for using a fake photo of Iraqi dead children in order to sell a new NATO-led invasion, this time targeting Syria. On May, 2012, the BBC published a photo showing several rows of dead Iraqi children to illustrate a recent massacre in the Syrian city of Houla. As the BBC came under fire for trying to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, a BBC spokesman has shirked responsibility for checking the authenticity of the image saying the image had been used “with a clear disclaimer.” “We used it with a clear disclaimer saying it could not be independently verified”, said the spokesperson. “Somebody is using my images as a propaganda against the Syrian government to prove the massacre”, said Getty Images photographer Marco Di Lauro whose photo was used by the BBC. Independent media outlets have criticized the British media for turning into “a rolling propaganda mouthpiece for the claims of dubious anonymous ‘activists’”, as described by American journalist Alex Jones’ website Earlier in February, British newspaper The Independent also reported that “President Assad’s security forces have indiscriminately killed scores of newborn babies in Homs.” However, documented evidence showed the source of the reports was a London-based organization calling itself ‘Syrian Observatory for Human Rights’. has accused the British media of trying “to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria” while analysts say the statement “it could not be independently verified” has turned into a trademark of media coverage of the events in Syria. ISH/JR/HE
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