French “Liberation” falsifies report
A French popular newspaper has published a falsified report about the “Alnusra-front” jihadist group in Syria.
In a report entitled “In the Provence of ‘Idlib’, the ‘effective’ jihadist“, published December 17th, the Liberation newspaper’s “special envoy to Idlib” (as described by the publication itself) Hala Kodmani told about the jihadists’ strong foot hold in the Provence of Idlib where the Syrian regime has no presence.
The report uses a footage from a video it claimed to have been released by “Alnusra-front” in Idlib , in which a member of the jihadist group appear to hold a rifle and a huge sword/knife .
A Syrian activist group on Facebook, specialized in verifying alleged Syrian photos which are published on the net, have found that the photo used in the Liberation‘s report was actually taken in Afghanistan in 2009. The photo, taken from a video made by Al-Qaeda fanatic “Abu Askr” in Afghanistan, was published by the British newspaper Daily Mail in an article on October 10th 2009.
The presence of Alnusra-front jihadist group in some areas in Syria may be true, and reporting about such presence is vital. However, falsifying materials in an effort to give the French readers a stereotypical image about the islamic faction of the Syrian resistance which is not linked to Alnusra group in most cases, and misleading those readers into thinking that the alternative to the Syrian murderous regime will be as terrifying if not worse, is actually unacceptable.
one can only view such report as a cheap and desperate attempt to re-brand the regime war against its own people as a war on terror.
The Liberation newspaper needs to explain to its readers whether the report was a “paid advertisement” by a Syrian-regime PR group, or if it was the result of a deliberate grosse misconduct by their correspondent Hala Kodmani, who should be sacked for falsification.