Disinfo: Foreign media stage family's "death" in Hama

Summary

Western journalists in the Syrian province of Hama conducted a staged filming of the “death” of a family, allegedly as a result of a chemical attack conducted by Assad government troops.

Disproof

The story advances recurring pro-Kremlin narratives on the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the Western media's complicity in demonizing Moscow and its allies. The report offers no details as to which correspondents were present at the site, and which Western outlets subsequently reported the "staged" death. Nor does it provide the source or any specifics of the claim that a chemical attack had been perpetrated.

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  • Reported in: Issue 148
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/04/2019
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Country: Syria, Russia
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
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Disproof

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Disproof

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