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R.J.Reekers on Thu, 20 Sep 2001 23:08:59 +0200 (CEST)


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Title: RE: CNN pictures celebrating Palestinians hoaxes?

STATEMENT:

CNN rejects as baseless and ridiculous an allegation being circulated by e-mail and the Internet claiming that CNN televised 10-year-old videotape to illustrate Palestinians celebrating in the wake of the horrific September 11 tragedies in the United States. 

CNN applauds the Universidad Estatal de Campinas-Brasil (UNICAMP), one of whose students was the author of the original email, for setting the record straight through its statement of September 17 (attached.)

The videotape in question was shot in East Jerusalem by a Reuters TV camera crew on September 11.  Reuters TV can provide confirmation.

 



 
                                        
OFFICIAL STATEMENT
17/09/01




UNICAMP would like to announce that has no knowledge of a videotape from 1991, whose images supposedly aired on CNN showing Palestinians celebrating the terrorist attacks in the U.S. The tape was supposedly from 1991, and there were rumors that the images were passed off as current.

This information was later denied, as soon as it proved false, by Márcio A. V. Carvalho, a student at UNICAMP. He approached the administration today, 17.09.2001, to clarify the following:

*       the information he got, verbally, was that a professor from another institution (not from UNICAMP) had the tape;

*       he sent the information to a discussion group email list;
*       many people from this list were interested in the subject and requested more details;
*       he again contacted the person who first gave him the information and the person denied having the tape;
*       the student immediately sent out a note clarifying what happened to the people from his email list.

The original message, however, was distributed all over the world, often with many distortions, including a falsified by-line article from the student. He affirms that a hacker attacked his domain. Several E-mails have been sent on his behalf and those dating from 15.09.2001 should be ignored.

Among the distortions is the fact that UNICAMP would be analyzing the tape, which is absolutely false. The administration considers this alert definitive and will be careful to avoid new rumors.

Contact: Manuel Alves Filho at +55 19 3788 7183 or 8404.





-----Original Message-----

Dear R,

That I do accept for what it is, and although deeply regretted, it's a different issue.  The question remains: are these old images, and if so, why were they showed?

All the strength, now and later,

Richard
 

R schreef:

 Dear Richard,

I can't answer for CNN, but there were huge celebrations in East-Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories. The PA also arrested foreign photgraphers trying to cover the celebrations and several others received death threats if they'd publish them. It came to the point this week were the foreign journalists sent a letter of protest to the PA.

Rxxxxxxxxxxx

"R.J.Reekers" wrote:

 Dear Sirs and Madams,

In search of answers someone mentioned your site. Strangely enough your site doesn't mention the case at al. What is the problem?

There seem to be a persistent hear-say on the internet that the CNN-coverage about the celebrating Palestinians after the september 11th-attack is old footage (!!!) . Those images claimed to be taken in 1991.

http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=63709&group=webcast

If so, the following could be a serious minsunderstanding.
http://www.jpost.com/Editions/2001/09/13/News/News.34751.html

I would appreciate to read your comment in public.

Kind Regards,
 

Richard Reekers