Disinfo: White Helmets fake their videos, as proven by Swedish Doctors…

Summary

White Helmets fake their videos, as proven by Swedish Doctors for Human Rights.

Disproof

White Helmets are regularly discredited by pro-Kremlin outlets, see e.g. Disinformation Review Issue 51 bit.ly/2hinv4F, and 52 bit.ly/2hKdAIx, . Furthermore, "Swedish Doctors for Human Rights" is a small group of people who on their website supports numerous pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives e.g. the one about MH17 bit.ly/2oHYTIX, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 66
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2017
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Syria, Sweden
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Syrian War
  • Outlet: theindicter.com
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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