US occupation steals more Syrian oil

US occupation steals more Syrian oil

The US occupation forces brought out a convoy...

Syria wins two silver medals in Arab Swimming Championships

Syria wins two silver medals in Arab Swimming Championships

Syrian swimmer Ayman Kalzyeh won the silver...

My School is My Home” initiative at Al-Shanbour School in Tartous

My School is My Home” initiative at Al-Shanbour School in Tartous

With the aim of enhancing the participation of...

Syrian Wheat is the Soul of the Syrian Land

Syrian Wheat is the Soul of the Syrian Land

Food security refers to people’s ability to get...

Solutions Journalism workshop

Solutions Journalism workshop

The Ministry of Information and the Syrian...

United Nations: Israeli settlements are illegal

United Nations: Israeli settlements are illegal

New York (ST): The United Nations has...

WHO: Humanity has all the tools to defeat the Corona virus

WHO: Humanity has all the tools to defeat the Corona virus

Geneva (ST): The World Health Organization has...

Kılıcdaroglu: Erdogan invents foreign conspiracies to justify his failure

Kılıcdaroglu: Erdogan invents foreign conspiracies to justify his failure

Ankara (ST): Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, leader of the...

Lahoud condemns the terrorist bombing of a bus in Damascus

Lahoud condemns the terrorist bombing of a bus in Damascus

Beirut (ST): Former Lebanese MP Emile Lahoud...

  • Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief declares state of emergency, dissolves Cabinet

    Sudan's Sovereign Council Chief declares state...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 11:38
  • Palestinian National Council calls for international action to stop the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians

    Palestinian National Council calls for...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 11:26
  • US occupation steals more Syrian oil

    US occupation steals more Syrian oil

    Monday, 25 October 2021 11:00
  • Terrorists in Idlib’s de-escalation zone continue to attack neighboring villages

    Terrorists in Idlib’s de-escalation zone...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 10:26
  • Syria wins two silver medals in Arab Swimming Championships

    Syria wins two silver medals in Arab Swimming...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 10:24
  • Process of settling the legal status of gunmen, wanted persons in Daraa countryside completed

    Process of settling the legal status of gunmen,...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 10:16
  • Dozens of settlers renew their attack on Al-Aqsa under the protection of the occupation forces

    Dozens of settlers renew their attack on...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 10:13
  • My School is My Home” initiative at Al-Shanbour School in Tartous

    My School is My Home” initiative at Al-Shanbour...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 09:56
  • Book Fair at Tishreen University Under the slogan

    Book Fair at Tishreen University Under the...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 09:41
  • Syrian Wheat is the Soul of the Syrian Land

    Syrian Wheat is the Soul of the Syrian Land

    Monday, 25 October 2021 09:39
  • Solutions Journalism workshop

    Solutions Journalism workshop

    Monday, 25 October 2021 08:18
  • United Nations: Israeli settlements are illegal

    United Nations: Israeli settlements are illegal

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:48
  • WHO: Humanity has all the tools to defeat the Corona virus

    WHO: Humanity has all the tools to defeat the...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:43
  • Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information: Soldiers arrested most of the ministers

    Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information:...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:40
  • Dozens of Palestinians injured as a result of the occupation forces assaulting them in Jenin

    Dozens of Palestinians injured as a result of...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:39
  • Kılıcdaroglu: Erdogan invents foreign conspiracies to justify his failure

    Kılıcdaroglu: Erdogan invents foreign...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:39
  • 276 innovative works displayed in Al-Basel Exhibition for Creativity and Invention

    276 innovative works displayed in Al-Basel...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:39
  • Lahoud condemns the terrorist bombing of a bus in Damascus

    Lahoud condemns the terrorist bombing of a bus...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:38
  • United Nations Day,  super powers continue to violate the Charter to serve their agendas

    United Nations Day, super powers continue to...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:38
  • A Syrian sculptor recalls the incident of Newton's apple at a Russian art forum

    A Syrian sculptor recalls the incident of...

    Monday, 25 October 2021 07:37

Economy & Aftermath

Investigative Reporting

The Regional Center for Early Childhood Development holds a workshop for kindergarten educators

The Regional Center for Early Childhood …

The Regional Center for Early Childhood Development in cooperation with Premiere Urgence Internationale, held a workshop targeting kindergarten educators. It runs for a w...

  1. Tourism
  2. Culture
  3. Society
  4. Golan
Damascus is an important crossroads of cultures and religions: Czech Professor

Damascus is an important crossroads of c…

Czech Professor Vierra Tidlitova has stressed that Damascus is an important crossroads of cultures and religions and it is a legendary city where charming houses and palaces indicate unique architecture. In a report published by the Czech "Nova Orientalia" about her visit to Syria, the professor talked about the beauty of the streets and houses of old Damascus and of Qaseyoun Mountain. She also talked about the hosp...

Read more
Folklore in Jableh city

Folklore in Jableh city

 The Syrian Historical and Scientific Society held a cultural lecture entitled: (People's Heritage inJableh), which was delivered by lawyer Professor Taha Al-Zouzo at the Society's headquarters in Jableh. The lawyer began his lecture by presenting a historical overview of Jableh city, which was affiliated with Ugarit Kingdom in the fifteenth century BC, noting that the name of Jableh city had not changed except slightly since four thousand years...

Read more
My School is My Home” initiative at Al-Shanbour School in Tartous

My School is My Home” initiative at Al-S…

With the aim of enhancing the participation of adolescents and youth in activities, and to re enforce their capabilities and role in society, the youth of “Amal” project implemented “My School is My Home” initiative at Martyr Ali Ahmed Al-Shanbour School in Tartous, where Rima Nader, who is behind the initiative, explained the importance of implementing the initiative by the young people of “Amal” project and their keenness to decorate and beauti...

Read more
Watan (Homeland) Document Foundation: The martyr Medhat Al-Saleh died in body but remained in spirit and thought

Watan (Homeland) Document Foundation: Th…

On October 17th, Watan ( Homeland) Document Foundation confirmed that the liberated prisoner Medhat Al-Saleh, who was martyred yesterday as a result of being targeted by the Israeli enemy, left in body but remained in spirit and thought, and his spirit will remain greater than all the tools of the occupation and its criminality.

Read more

 

2. The office has not "said" that "82 civilians were shot" or other such gruesome stuff. It said that there were "sources" that have "reports" that such happened. From  its press statement today:

"Multiple sources have reports that tens of civilians were shot dead yesterday in al-Ahrar Square in al-Kallaseh neighbourhood, and also in Bustan al-Qasr, by Government forces and their allies, including allegedly the Iraqi al-Nujabaa armed group."

The OHCHR claiming that "multiple sources have reports" of XYZ, without revealing neither the "sources" nor the provenance of the alleged "reports" of XYZ, certainly does not translate into "The UN said XYZ happened."

It irresponsible that the OHCHR even mentions such unverified stuff in its press conferences. But it is even more irresponsible that the BBC then uses a "UN says ..." headline and intro about such rumors especially without any further qualification in the rest of its "reporting".

There is also  this recent report  that cats were killed in Aleppo.

#BREAKING - Activists: All residents and guests of last cat shelter in Aleppo killed in Hezbollah gas attack.

The spokesman of the OHCHR has been notified of the above report. We are now awaiting the BBC headline: "UN says Hezbollah gassed last cats in Aleppo".

The BBC is not the only fake news outlet in this. Indeed it seems that news agencies seek "safety in the pack" by all reporting the same nonsense through each and every channel.

Reuters -  Aleppo could fall 'at any moment', U.N. reports civilians killed. 

AFP - Syria forces kill at least 82 Aleppo civilians in recent days: UN AP -  UN agency says dozens of children trapped in building under fire in Syria's Aleppo

Again - the UN only says that it knows of such reports. It does not verify or vouches for these. Still the usual "humanitarian" influence operations, like Amnesty International, then join in on the "UN Says ..." falsehoods. Thousands of news outlets and websites copy from the fake agency reports and "humanitarian" outlets and try to sensationalize their take even further. It's a total disinformation mess.

Wonders

But there are also the wonders of Aleppo.

Real inhabitants and reporters in Aleppo say that any internet connection there is slow and unstable. But those "activists" under intense artillery fire in the east seem to have gigabits of reliable bandwidth available. It's a miracle. Pictures and videos in tweets like this one come "out of Aleppo" each and every minute.

The news agencies and mainstream media take all the "activist" tweets, WhatsUp talks, video uploads and livestreaming by Periscope as the truth without even knowing where those come from. Those "activists" could sit anywhere in the world and there is no way for reporters to verify their location.

The security of all these information operations (pdf) have me concerned, the writer of the report said, adding that when those "last activists in Aleppo" tweet that the Syrian army is moving in towards them do they mean that Assad's tanks rumble onto Vauxhall Cross?

But as long as everyone repeats the lying "reports from the ground" of said "activists" no one can be held responsible. "We all honestly erred," is the usual and well accepted apology.

We should try, wherever we can, to hold those news people to higher standards, the writer concluded.

To sum up, the collapse of the terrorist organizations that have received all types of support from the US, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Israel is behind the circulation of such torrent of fake news.

These countries have supported terrorist organizations operating in Syria over the past six years in accordance with the US-Zionist plot that aims to fragment the region and to have hegemony over its wealth.

This report is originally appeared at Moon of Alabama.

Basma Qaddour 

Share