Caught out by Moroccan propaganda

January 17, 2008

More on the MINURSO vandalism story to follow soon. In the meantime, here is an interesting article from afrol News, in which the organisation apologies for publishing a story based on Moroccan propaganda. The original story, about the talks between the Polisario and Morocco in Manhasset, linked the Polisario with terrorism. The subsequent apology states that this error was due to the original piece having been written by “an inexperienced journalist using sources planted by the Moroccan government.” The editor of afrol is clearly rather embarrassed by the incident. He goes on to say that

Reporting on the Western Sahara conflict is a delicate issue that requires much knowledge of the region and its history and the Moroccan side’s increased spread of false news…

Hopefully other journalists covering the conflict in Western Sahara will heed these wise words.

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