Caught out by Moroccan propaganda

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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3 Responses to Caught out by Moroccan propaganda

  1. nickbrooks says:

    Alle – thanks for the link. I saw a related article earlier on the news wires. ASM, which supports Morocco’s claim to the territory in which the vandalism took place, doesn’t seem to care about the vandalism itself. Instead it’s more concerned about demanding an apology for an apology made to the people who actually control (and live in) the area in question. One doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. But those of us used to to this sort of thing are now immune to tears of laughter or sadness.

  2. BT says:

    There has to be some way to convict these people and jail time required.

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