Reuters Withdraws 'Fake Video' Showing Maiduguri Killings_Boko Propaganda

Date: 21-11-2012 3:00 am (11 years ago) | Author: Tony Ladipo
- at 21-11-2012 03:00 AM (11 years ago)
Reuters Withdraws 'Fake Video' Showing Maiduguri Killings

Reuters Withdraws Nigeria Violence Story, Does Not Apologize

Sagir Musa
Sahara Reporters
November 20, 2012

Reuters yesterday withdrew a story it published on Monday in which it reported on a video showing Nigerian troops shooting unarmed captives in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The news agency said it was withdrawing the story because of questions raised about its date and location, but did not apologize, or identify who had raised those questions.

The withdrawal, which is highly unusual of the powerful agency, followed a swift response by the Joint Task Force (JTF), which denied the authenticity of the material, recalling that it has “severally debunked similar accusations in the past and has made it absolutely clear that there is no established case of extra judicial killings, arrest or detention” by the JTF in the city.
“We are professionally guided by a mandate and rules of engagement in the conduct of our operations,” it said in a press statement signed by Lt. Colonel Sagir Musa, its spokesman.

“In our code of conduct and standing instructions, no JTF personnel is allowed to carry video or still camera and cell phones while on operations.” Reviewing the video and pointing out inconsistencies, the Task Force noted that the media faces a complicated task to strike the right balance between its duty to inform the public and the danger of becoming tools in the hands of terrorists.

It reiterated its appeal to journalists to be very careful in broadcasting, printing and distributing of externally-gathered materials that have not been further authenticated.

“Therefore, the purported film should be seen and regarded as another vicious Boko Haram Terrorists Propaganda against the JTF.

"As a professional and disciplined organization, we are mindful of the public concerns about our operations
and will certainly investigate allegations and where necessary make our findings public.
The Task Force wishes to once again remind the public including the media that it does not condone or encourage indiscipline
and anyone found culpable will always be appropriately sanctioned

(Reuters) - Please be advised that the Nigeria story issued on November 18, 2012, reporting that a video showed Nigerian troops shooting unarmed captives, is withdrawn.
The story is withdrawn because questions have been raised about the date and location of the video.
The following story has been withdrawn:
STORY DATE 18/11/2012
(Editing by Jim Loney)

Posted: at 21-11-2012 03:00 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- papadip at 21-11-2012 05:11 AM (11 years ago)

Reuters should apologize
Posted: at 21-11-2012 05:11 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- aso4life1 at 21-11-2012 09:11 AM (11 years ago)
Yes they should, this is an insult to the entire Nation.

Posted: at 21-11-2012 09:11 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
- Rihannaaa at 21-11-2012 10:12 AM (11 years ago)

Posted: at 21-11-2012 10:12 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- simele at 21-11-2012 12:05 PM (11 years ago)
better ooooooooo
Posted: at 21-11-2012 12:05 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac


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