Al-Arabiya Channel uses photo from Iraq, claiming it to be taken in Daraa
Al-Arabiya Satellite Channel is intent on airing whatever it receives from websites, without bothering to verify the time and place of photos and videos.
In yet another example of falsification and fabrication, the channel aired a photo of a woman bearing a blood-stained child, claiming it to be taken in Daraa.
The channel sought to use the image to inflame sentiments, though the image was published in an Arabic newspaper in 2009.
The Iraqi affairs’ expert Muhammad Abdul-Ghaffar al-Barakat, from Daraa, narrated the story of the photo in an interview with the Syrian TV, saying ”In 2009, I was working at al-Rai Channel as a proofreader. I wrote articles for the Other Direction; the first one I wrote was incomplete, so I had to publish the photo, which happens to be the same photo aired by al-Arabiya.”
Barakat said that the Channels of Wissal, Safa and Al-Jazeera insisted on airing the photo, alleging that the child was killed in Daraa. He stressed that the photo is fabricated and is part of the archive of the Iraqi resistance.
He lambasted the misleading Channels’ exploitation of photos in service of foreign agendas to destabilize Syria’s security and stability.