Al Durra in Michigan. via Muslim Observer newspaper apologizes after fake photo of Syrian boy. h/t HalalPorkShop
Michigan newspaper The Muslim Observer published a fake photo of a Syrian boy sleeping between two graves.
The photo was published on the Muslim Observer’s website along with a Reuters story titled “Death Toll in Syria’s Civil War Above 150,000: Monitor.”
iMediaEthics previously debunked the photo as fake in January of this year.
The photographer, Abdul Aziz al Otaibi based in Saudi Arabia, confirmed to iMediaEthics at the time that the photo was part of an art project. The boy shown is his nephew, and al Otaibi said he created the fake graves using stones. The photo was taken near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
See below a photo of the boy posing, from al Otaibi’s Instagram.
The Observer says on its website it is a news organization created in 1999 focusing on “matters pertaining to Islam and Muslims.”
They were forced to make a correction. But who reads corrections?