Children as Propaganda Tools

Posted on August 22, 2016

 

China Says Video of Dazed Syrian Boy Pulled from Rubble May be Fake

Asia Times

China’s state broadcaster has questioned the authenticity of the video of Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh which went viral worldwide, alleging it may have been faked as part of a Western “propaganda war.”

The video showed the stunned-looking five-year-old covered in blood and dust after an airstrike in Aleppo last week, with the US State Department calling the child “the real face” of the Syrian war.

China supports the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad and is close to Russia, both of which have carried out strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

China’s official broadcaster CCTV questioned the video of Omran in a weekend report, showing the harrowing footage with the subtitle “Video suspected of being fake.”

The video showed the stunned-looking five-year-old covered in blood and dust after an air strike in Aleppo last week, with the US State Department calling the child “the real face” of the Syrian war.

China supports the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad and is close to Russia, both of which have carried out strikes on rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

“Critics have suggested that [the video] is part of a propaganda war, aimed at creating a ‘humanitarian’ excuse for Western countries to become involved in Syria,” the voice over to the report said.

“The workers did not make rapid rescue efforts, and instead quickly set up a camera,” it added.

 

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