East StratCom disinformation claim:

Spontaneous celebrations took place in Aleppo after terrorists, supported by the Western powers, were defeated and the city was freed, as shown by video footage. The video is in opposition to claims by mainstream media which only report the suffering in Aleppo.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 14. December 2016

Debunk claim:

It is unclear – and unlikely – that the video was taken in Aleppo. Moreover, the video was made by Iranian Press TV, which is dubious. Iran is directly engaged in Syria on the side of Bashar al Assad’s regime and its media are not independent (https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-press/2016/iran).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by The Prague Security Studies Institute within the framework of the Centre for International Relations‘ project co-financed by the Visegrad Fund in Disinformation Review issue 52. The item is located at row number 32 in the report.

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