Despite their supposed injuries all the young men in this tableau of alleged victims from ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ appear fixated on the camera, most strikingly at this point. Following the “V” sign from the man in the centre the boy in the black vest on the far right pitches dramatically over onto his side, rising again to sneak a peek in the same direction as his comrades before ultimately slumping onto his front. The boy in the white short-sleeved shirt next to him – whom the BBC concedes “appears relatively unscathed” – nimbly rises to his feet, swaps from loosely clutching his chest to nursing his right elbow before casually pulling up a seat. The boy in the yellow “Super 9″ t-shirt rises from an unlikely kneeling position and proceeds to roll his eyes and gurn at the camera as a team of medics sweeps in cinematically. The full tableau scene is here. It is notable that the curtain has been pulled back from its earlier position, effecting better lighting conditions as this key scene is filmed.
Background to the complaint
- BBC Newsnight 29 August 2014 – substituted footage
- BBC switches Syria footage on grounds of “taste and decency”
- BBC: “no reason why” audience should be told footage was changed; BBC News “under no obligation” to reveal source of substituted images
- BBC: “no formal policy which obliges BBC News to inform viewers that footage has been changed or to confirm when asked the source of material used”
The wider context
- Fabrication in BBC Panorama ‘Saving Syria’s Children’
- BBC Propaganda – Craig Murray, 16 October 2014
- The Truthseeker – Media ‘staged’ Syria Chem Attack – RT, 23 March 2014
- Panorama – Saving Syria’s Children – BBC One, 30 September 2013 (relevant section commences 30:38; alternative copy here).
16 June 2015
Dear Mr Tregear
I am writing to request that the Editorial Complaints Unit review BBC Complaints’ 11 May 2015 decision that the substitution of Syria footage between the…
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