BBC in Another Photo Error, Mixing Up its Wars for Dramatic Effect

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC has made another terrible photo mistake, and this one's nothing like as funny as the Halo/UN confusion. It used an image from the Iraq war in 2003 war to highlight the recent Syrian outrages, despite glaring inconsistencies between the facts and the actual pic.

The photo the BBC used was taken in Iraq by photographer Marco di Lauro, who told the Telegraph he was "astonished" to see it on a BBC report, credited as having been taken by an "activist" in Syria.

Di Lauro continued: "What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn't check the sources and it's willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever."

The error highlights the problem of relying upon "citizen journalism" of any kind. The BBC's use of a disclaimer saying the image cannot be verified is a rather useless, blanket safety net, which it could apply to any photo sent in by any joker on the internet, or someone trying to whip up a frenzy of propaganda, as has happened here.

The BBC has since removed the photo, although it was up on the site for some nine hours. [Photo Business News via The Register]