this morning i checked my requested messages on facebook for the first time ever and a year ago my babysitter from when i was 5 and lived in paris sent me a message ?? saying she loved looking after me and that she’s been trying to contact me for a while :’) i wanna cry when we moved away i sent her a letter and a drawing i’d almost completely forgotten about her
Ok, so I’ve seen a couple of posts with false information or incredibly misleading so here’s a little update on what to believe or not
(I did this on my own so there are possibly mistakes, don’t hesitate to reblog with corrections / additions + send me a message so I can edit them)
the terrorists weren’t syrians refugees
For now, it’s confirmed that 4 men from France & 1 from Belgium were involved, 2 of the corpses are unidentifiable. (source : (french) Le Monde ; BBC)
french authorities didn’t plant syrian passports
the passport they
found was a fake Syrian passport (as in fake papers that Syrians buy on the black market when they can’t get real papers to get to Europe) (source : Wall Street Journal)
Sidenote : this is part of Daesh’s (aka ISIS) strategy : they want people to believe the terrorist threat comes from syrians refugees. They want to divide the world between Middle East & Occident. Syrians fleeing their home country to find refuge in Europe is the exact opposite of what Daesh wants & they try to use islamophobia & xenophobia to prevent Europe & America from helping Syrians. ( source : Shadi Hamid in this CNN article ; or in this video)
france didn’t bomb a syrian city & didn’t kill any civilians
Please stop spreading misinformation or deformed news making them
sound worse than they are. You’re not helping. You’re creating a panic reaction based on lies
& the truth is scary enough.
We can’t have good opinions if we’re
not correctly informed. In time of crisis, the media will sometimes publish unconfirmed news, without fact checking or use misleading headlines or articles. Try to always question what you read until you read it from at least two trustworthy sources.
Personally I recommend France 24, an international newsgroup based in Paris but with journalists of various nationalities. They aim for a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints via news bulletins, reports, magazines and debates.
Also, always try to remember that media outlets aren’t completely neutral, they always represent a certain point of view. It’s ok to get information from them as long as you always put things in perspective.