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July 24, 2014 10:40 am

Did Channel 4″²s Jon Snow Engage in Jon Donnison-Style Fauxtography?

avatar by Adam Levick

Channel 4's Jon Snow. Photo: Twitter.

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow may have just made the same mistake that the BBC’s Jon Donnison made back in 2012, when, you likely recall, he tweeted a photo of a girl with the title “Pain in Gaza,” to which Donnison added his own commentary – “Heartbreaking.”

However, it turned out that the genuinely heartbreaking image was actually from Syria and not from Gaza – a mistake for which Donnison subsequently apologized.

The following was tweeted by Snow at 12:24 a.m., July 24, which included a link to his blog at Mashable, in a post titled “Will I die tonight Daddy?”

A tweet by Jon Snow. Photo: Screenshot.

Here’s the original post at Snow’s blog (at Mashable), which the tweet linked to:

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A post from Jon Snow's blog at Mashable. Photo: Screenshot.

Then, a little more than an hour later, someone tweeted the following in response:

A Twitter post. Photo: Screenshot.

Later, we saw this:

Jon Snow Twitter post. Photo: Screenshot.

Snow then deleted the photo from blog, and it now includes the following:

UPDATE 4:02AM ET: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story featured an incorrect photo.

However, the damage was already done, as the tweet (with the original erroneous photo) went somewhat viral, garnering over 4,000 mentions in 24 hours.

Interestingly, we were able to trace the original photo (the one Snow deleted) back to Getty Images, and it contains the following caption:

Injured Palestinians at the Al Shifa Hospital

So, is the boy from Syria, as Snow claimed in his apology tweet, or from Gaza?

At this stage it’s unclear exactly what kind of “editing error” the Channel 4 News presenter made.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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