Friday, April 08, 2011

Beware of Internet Misinformation: Hoax Footage of Atrocities in Ivory Coast

Early this week, we received an extremely violent video from several Web users. It showed men being beaten with sticks and the burnt alive by the side of a road. According to the caption on YouTube, the video allegedly showed footage of a March 29 massacre in the western Ivorian town of Duékoué.

It turns out that this video was shot at least two years ago and was probably not taken in the Ivory Coast at all. FRANCE readers alerted us to the fact that the footage was posted in September 2009 on this blog, under the title ‘man-witches being burned alive in Kenya’.'


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