Right wing propagandists eager to spread their loathing have taken up Photoshop and false branding in the wake of the attacks in Paris, throwing truth to the winds in their vicious smear campaigns.
What follows are two variations on a them.
First, the false branding, via The Independent:
A Facebook video being widely shared that supposedly shows Muslims in London celebrating in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks is fake, it has been shown.
The video, entitled “Muslims Around The World Celebrate The Islamic Victory In Paris France”, claims to show a large group of Muslim men cheering and waving Pakistani flags outside Tooting Broadway station in south London, following Isis’ statement claiming responsibility for the attacks.
The voice of a newsreader can be heard over the cheering, describing scenes of Friday’s violence in which 129 people were killed in a wave of attacks.
It has since been revealed that the footage actually shows British Pakistanis celebrating a cricket victory during the 20/20 games in 2009.
And the Photoshop variant, via RT:
A Sikh man from Canada found himself at the center of unwanted attention after a bathroom selfie he took was doctored to make him look like one of the suicide bombers involved in the Paris attacks and then spread in the media.
The digitally altered image of Veerender Jubbal showed him wearing what looked like a suicide vest and holding a Quran. It appeared on the front-page of one of Spain’s largest newspapers, La Razon.
It was subsequently picked up by two Italian newspapers and an Italian TV channel with nearly 2 million followers. “One of the terrorists may have entered Greece along with Syrian refugees. The unidentified attackers were between 15 and 18 years and acted in three teams,” read the text by the image of Jubbal. La Razon apologized on Sunday afternoon.
On the left is the Photoshop version, with the original on the right:
Sikhs like Jubbal aren’t even Muslims, though they are all too often the targets of violence, including murder, by those out to injure followers of Islam.