Journalism agenda: A BBC selection of viral news images that mislead us in 2015…
The haunting picture shared during the Nepal earthquake
This was one of the most shared photos in the wake of the Nepal earthquake in April. It’s not a fake, but misleading nonetheless.
Labelled as showing a “two-year-old sister protected by four-year-old brother in Nepal”, it was shared across Facebook and Twitter and prompted calls for donations.
The photograph was actually taken in a remote village in Vietnam back in 2007.
“This is perhaps my most shared photo,” says the photographer Na Son Nguyen, “but unfortunately in the wrong context.”
Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS
In 2006 – years before ISIS replaced Al Qaeda as the New and Unprecedentedly Evil Villain – Newt Gingrich gave a speech in New Hampshire in which, as he put it afterward, he “called for a serious debate about the First Amendment and how terrorists are abusing our rights–using them as they once used passenger jets–to threaten and kill Americans.” In that speech, Gingrich argued:
Your Facebook News Feed might become a whole lot more diverse soon
It was another bloody year for journalists, with turmoil in the Middle East and terrorism striking France twice in 2015.