BBC’s Gaza Correspondent Jon Donnison Tweets Picture of Syria Child Victim, Blaming Israel

November 19, 2012 2:20 pm 11 comments

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 naïve.

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.

Update:

This is just in:

Sorry – that is nowhere near sufficient.

11 Comments

  • Nobody should be suprised at the BBC cover up for the sexcrimes of Saville and others as well as its unfounded allegations about an English peer. The BBC rapes the truth every day

    Louis Garb

    jerusalem

  • Lets not go overboard. A BBC jounalist would not intentionaly lie about this photo, because it would so easily be found out, and be embarrassing to both him and the BBC. And it took just 5 hours for that to happen. But not as a lie. More of a cock up. An own goal if you like. And I’m sure he feels an idiot about it.

  • Eliot Schickler

    As a professional journalist, there is a rule against blatant lying. Evidently, Jon Donnison broke the rule and should be fired and barred from ever reporting again. His blatant lies are unacceptable!

  • Jon Donnison’s deliberate lies is proof that he’s a left wing and subversive HOMOSEXUAL!

  • בן זונה

  • The problem is that any news coming out of Gaza is closely monitored by Hamas: reporters are taken to chosen sites and only allowed to photograph what Hamas directs; similar with interviews from the civilian population; any criticism of the official Hamas line is prohibited; indeed reporters are only allowed to stay in Gaza by agreeing to these restrictions. Such is life under a dictatorship held together by fear and violence.
    Ask yourself – have you ever heard any single word of criticism of Hamas coming out of Gaza?
    What we hear in the West is simply Hamas propaganda dressed up as objective reporting. I’m afraid the Press has become an all too willing tool in this charade.

  • It is completely unacceptable for a journalist representing the BBC to conduct himself in this way. It is a basic journalistic responsibility to check the facts. Just because another journalist supposedly said this picture was taken in Gaza does not satisfy that requirement and one would hope would not satisfy the editor of any but the most scurrilous publications. My late father was an editor for BBC TV News back in the 50s and 60s and, from what he used to tell me, this lax approach would not have been tolerated in his day. Also, if a journalist does make a mistake, despite checking sources properly, when the truth eventually comes out a proper apology should be issued. In this case, maybe the BBC should be insisting on that apology and considering Mr Donnison’s position as the BBC’s representative in a region where accuracy is even more important than many other regions.

  • When lives are at risk accurate reporting is not optional, it is a standard that should be sought after and maintained
    To have used this photograph without checking its validity shows a great lack of journalistic responsibility and leaves a credibility gap concerning Mr Donnison’s ability to accurately report on the complexities of the Middle East.

  • too little too late -i believe you did this intentionally

  • This reporter is a dis-info agent.

  • What would be sufficient then? Mistakes can’t be made? Why so all of Israel’s mistakes get ignored and this one has an article written about it? What a biased website.

    P.S. It said I am posting comments too quickly. This is the first ever comment I have ever left on this site.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    Oscars 2015: Reflecting on Love at First Sight

    JNS.org – I’m in love, and have been for a long time. It’s a relationship filled with laughter, tears, intrigue, and surprise. It was love at first sight, back when I was a little girl—with an extra-terrestrial that longed to go home. From then on, that love has never wavered, and isn’t reserved for one, but for oh so many—Ferris Bueller, Annie Hall, Tootsie, Harry and Sally, Marty McFly, Atticus Finch, Danny Zuko, Yentl, that little dog Toto, Mrs. Doubtfire, [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    Examining America’s First Foray into the Middle East (REVIEW)

    At the turn of the 21st century through today, American involvement in Middle Eastern politics runs through the Central Intelligence Agency. In America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East, historian Hugh Wilford shows this has always been the case. Wilford methodically traces the lives and work of the agency’s three most prominent officers in the Middle East: Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of president Theodore Roosevelt, and the first head of [...]

    Read more →
  • Relationships US & Canada Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Seniors at Los Angeles Jewish Home Give Witty Dating Advice Ahead of Valentine’s Day (VIDEO)

    Residents of the Los Angeles Jewish Home give dating advice to a young Jewish man in a comedic video posted Monday on YouTube just in time for Valentine’s Day. Jonathan, an associate at the Jewish home, quizzes the senior citizens on an array of topics including having sex on the first date, kissing a girl, who should pay for dinner and whether online dating is a good idea. When the 28-year-old asks a male resident named Lee about his experiences [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Jewish History Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Kutsher’s Documentary an Amazing, and Tragic, Look at the Past (REVIEW)

    Anyone who spent time in the Jewish Catskills hotels – especially those like me, who returned for decades – must see the new documentary,”Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort.” Not only will the film transport you back to the glory days of your youth and thousands of memories, but it will also make you long for a world that is now lost forever. I returned to Kutsher’s one last time in the summer of 2009, but by then, the [...]

    Read more →
  • Education Jewish Identity Lifestyle Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    Riding the Wave of Change in Part-Time Jewish Education

    JNS.org – Amid the numerous studies and analyses regarding Jewish American life, a simple fact remains: part-time Jewish education is the most popular vehicle for Jewish education in North America. Whenever and wherever parents choose Jewish education for their children, we have a communal responsibility to devote the necessary time and resources to deliver dynamic, effective learning experiences. The only way we can do this is by creating space for conversations and knowledge-sharing around innovative new education models. That also [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.