That Western media frequently and blatantly distort events and disquote officials with a view to manipulating public minds is no news; however, one “news agency”, the UK-based Reuters, has in recent times been repeatedly and unabashedly breaking new grounds in this regard.
Just recently, Reuters sought to portray as mere allegation a United Nations report on a range of violations committed by the Takfiri ISIL terrorists against civilians in Iraq.
A UN report, compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR), said on July 18 that ISIL terrorists and its allies are carrying out “large-scale killings, injuries and destruction and damage of livelihoods and property.”
“ISIL and associated armed groups have carried out many of these attacks in a systematic manner heedless of the impact on civilians, or have systematically targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure with the intention of killing and wounding as many civilians as possible,” the report stated.
The report also said that children have been disproportionately affected by the conflict.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, “The deliberate or indiscriminate targeting of civilians, the killing of civilians, the use of civilians as shields, the hindering of access for civilians to humanitarian assistance may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.”
However, in covering the UN report, Reuters threw away any semblance of impartiality on the ISIL terrorists’ crimes.
In its news article, Reuters claimed that the United Nations has “accused” the ISIL of war crimes and wrote: “U.N. accuses Islamic State of executions, rape, child abuse in Iraq” while the report by the UN vehemently slams the barbarities of the ISIL terrorists, stating that their criminality amounts up to war crimes.
Meanwhile, Reuters used the word “fighters” for these terrorists.
Further to that, the news agency had previously breached the principle of impartiality on Iran by publishing biased and manipulated articles on young Iranian women training in the Japanese martial arts, Ninjutsu.
On February 18, 2012, Reuters showed a number of Iranian girls practicing martial arts in a city near Tehran, claiming Iran was training more than 3,000 female ninjas to kill any possible foreign invaders.
The report claimed that the athletes are undercover assassins in the service of the Islamic Republic.
In September, 2012, a court in Tehran found London-based Reuters news agency guilty over the report.