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Phony “News” Is Used To Incite Iraqi Violence

From the website of the Multi-National Force – Iraq:

Extremists using false media reporting to incite sectarian violence

Saturday, 30 June 2007


June 30, 2007
Release A070630c

Extremists using false media reporting to incite sectarian violence

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Friday, news media reported a mass killing in a village near Salman Pak where 20 men were allegedly found beheaded.  It now appears that the story was completely false and fabricated by unknown sources. 

Upon learning of the press reports, coalition and Iraqi officials began investigating to determine if the reports were true.  Ultimately it was concluded the reports were false.

Anti-Iraqi Forces are known for purposely providing false information to the media to incite violence and revenge killings, and they may well have been the source of this misinformation. 

“Extremists promote falsehoods of mass killings, collateral damage and other violence specifically to turn Iraqis against other Iraqis,” said Rear Admiral Mark Fox, spokesperson for MNF-I. “Unfortunately, lies are much easier to state, the truth often takes time to prove,” said Fox. 

Not all media reports can be immediately substantiated by Government of Iraq or Coalition Forces.  They must go through a process to verify such claims, to include checking with various Iraqi Ministry’s, local police and security forces.  Meanwhile, extremists have achieved their goal of spreading false information aimed at intimidating civilians and destabilizing Iraqi security.

Ultimately, media reporting based on verifiable sources will reduce the possibility of misinformation unnecessarily alarming citizens.

Just as we had suspected.

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