Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow may have just made the same mistake that the BBC’s Jon Donnison made back in 2012, when, you likely recall, he tweeted a photo of a girl with the title “Pain in Gaza”, to which Donnison added his own commentary – “Heartbreaking”.
However, it turned out that the genuinely heartbreaking image was actually from Syria and not from Gaza – a mistake for which Donnison subsequently apologized.
The following was Tweeted by Jon Snow at 12:24 AM, July 24, which included a link to his blog at Mashable, in a post tiled “Will I die tonight Daddy‘?
Then, a little more than an hour later, someone Tweeted the following in response:
Later, we saw this:
Snow then deleted the photo from blog, and it now includes the following:
UPDATE 4:02AM ET: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story featured an incorrect photo.
However, the damage was already done, as the Tweet (with the original erroneous photo) went somewhat viral, garnering over 4000 mentions in 24 hours.
Interestingly, we were able to trace the original photo (the one Snow deleted) back to Getty Images, and it contains the following caption:
Injured Palestinians at the Al Shifa Hospital
So, is the boy from Syria, as Snow claimed in his apology Tweet, or from Gaza?
At this stage it’s unclear exactly what kind of “editing error” the Channel 4 News presenter made.
UPDATE: It get’s stranger. Snow has deleted his apology tweet, and his blog post now includes the original photo that they had taken down, and they’ve noted the following:
- BBC’s Gaza Correspondent Jon Donnison Tweets Picture of Syria Child Victim, Blaming Israel (algemeiner.com)
- BBC’s Jon Donnison Tweets malicious fauxtography (cifwatch.com)
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