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Among the recent Tweets on the BBC Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison’s Twitter timeline we find this:
For the Twitter uninitiated, Donnison is retweeting to his 7,971 followers a Tweet by one Hazem Balousha – a Palestinian ‘journalist and social activist’ – including a picture titled « Pain in Gaza », to which Donnison adds his own commentary – « Heartbreaking ».
The picture is indeed heartbreaking:
Except – as has already been pointed out to Donnison – it does not come from Gaza.
Here is the original picture:
Up to now, it may have been possible to put down Jon Donnison’s frequently problematic reporting to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the region.
However, his decision to promote deliberate misinformation – either knowingly or as a result of a complete failure to check facts – indicates that he is not merely naïve.
Donnison has rendered himself no longer fit for the purpose of…
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