East StratCom disinformation claim:
The article elaborates on the phenomenon of crisis actors, hired by media for creating false news. It shows the examples of BBC faking the photos from Syria or false death of a student during the Velvet revolution.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 13. December 2015
The news about BBC faking photos from Syria was published by Russia Today and British regulator OFCOM ruled that this RT’s claim is false and that the broadcasting rules were violated by it (http://www.stopfake.org/en/rt-sanctioned-by-ofcom-over-series-of-misleading-and-biased-articles). The information about the dead student is false, but it wasn’t made up by media but by the college dormitory doorkeeper.
Documentation for the debunk
published by StopFake – Struggle against fake information about events in Ukraine
This information is reported by European Values Think-Tank in Disinformation Review issue 8. The item is located at row number 19 in the report.