Among the recent Tweets on the BBC Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison’s Twitter timeline we find this:
For the Twitter uninitiated, Donnison is retweeting to his 7,971 followers a Tweet by one Hazem Balousha – a Palestinian ‘journalist and social activist’ – including a picture titled “Pain in Gaza”, to which Donnison adds his own commentary – “Heartbreaking”.
The picture is indeed heartbreaking:
Except – as has already been pointed out to Donnison – it does not come from Gaza.
Here is the original picture:
Up to now, it may have been possible to put down Jon Donnison’s frequently problematic reporting to a lack of knowledge and understanding of the region.
However, his decision to promote deliberate misinformation – either knowingly or as a result of a complete failure to check facts – indicates that he is not merely naÃ¯ve.
Donnison has rendered himself no longer fit for the purpose of accurate and impartial reporting from the Middle East in accordance with the BBC’s legal obligations.
This is just in:
Sorry – that is nowhere near sufficient.