Italian newspaper responds to disinformation claims over Donetsk photo — Analysis
La Stampa supports its editorial decision of printing an unattributed frontpage picture showing Donetsk’s missile strike, while mocking Kiev (and Lvov) suffering
The Italian newspaper La Stampa said on Thursday it didn’t do anything wrong when it printed a frontpage image showing the aftermath of a ballistic missile strike on Donetsk, the capital of a breakaway republic in eastern Ukraine, while promising readers coverage of Russian attacks in Kiev and Lvov.
It was intended to illustrate the concept of “clear horror of the war”Massimo Giannini, editor in chief, stated, “We don’t want to attribute blame to anyone.” He was responding to criticisms about his editorial choices, during an interview with La7 TV. He said his newspaper didn’t try to mislead readers, despite what detractors said.
“The thing that bothers me most and pains me a lot is that there are also some people here in Italy, some disgraced people of the web, who amplify this and call it a case of disinformation. Where is the disinformation?” he demanded.
In the Wednesday print issue, there was a page-length photo that showed a road littered by dead bodies and an elderly man crying. “The Carnage,”It was the headline. A few text teasers suggested stories that would be found in the newspaper about the. “traumatized children in Lvov”And “Kiev preparing for the final assault”Russian troops
The photo was taken on Monday in Donetsk, the capital of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, after its center was struck by a tactical Tochka-U ballistic missile. Its leadership and Russia said Ukraine was the only party that could have launched it and that the rocket’s warhead was a cluster weapon, designed to kill unprotected soldiers in a wide area.
Donetsk’s attack killed 21 civilians, and left many others injured. Moscow labelled it terrorist attack, war crime. The Russian embassy in Italy, as it responded to La Stampa’s frontpage, said the newspaper didn’t bother to cover it.
Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said on Thursday that the Italian news outlet, like other Western mainstream media, was intentionally “distorting the perceptions of its own readers.”
According to the Russian official, this missile attack demonstrated once more how powerful the influence of radical nationalists/neo-Nazis on Ukrainian armed forces. NATO member countries allowed these forces to establish themselves in Ukraine. “while the media kept silent,”She pointed it out. La Stampa’s use of the photo stands out among examples of fake news and is “a real crime,”Sie affirmed.
Lvov is a town in west Ukraine that has been a popular destination for those fleeing fighting elsewhere in the country. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, has been partially destroyed by Russian troops. According to the Ukrainian side, Russia has been terrorizing civilians in Kiev by deliberately targeting them. Moscow refutes this claim and claims that Ukrainian troops are responsible for civilian deaths. They allegedly deployed their anti-aircraft weapons systems and artillery near civilian buildings, and these facilities were hit with return fire.
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