The Canadian government scolds Fox News for falsely tweeting that the shooter of the deadly mosque shooting in Quebec was of “Moroccan origin.” Other media reports had also mistakenly claimed the same thing, but most have since corrected the record.
The Canadian government went after Fox News for falsely tweeting that the suspect for the deadly mosque shooting in Quebec was of “Moroccan origin.”
Fox News reportedly tweeted to its 13 million plus followers: “Suspect in Quebec mosque terror attack was of Moroccan origin, reports show.” The tweet was posted with a picture of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, saying “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge.”
Fox, among other media outlets, falsely claimed that there were two gunmen responsible for the terrorist attack, one of which was of Moroccan origin. However, most sources have since corrected their record. Fox’s tweet was posted on Monday and was up till Tuesday evening.
The Canadian Government to Fox News
On Tuesday, Kate Purchase, the director of communications for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, told twitter she has emailed Fox News, sharing screenshots of the tweet and asking them to remove it, since it was “false and misleading.”
“These tweets by Fox News dishonour the memory of the six victims and their families by spreading misinformation,” Purchase wrote in the shared email, “spreading fear and division within our communities.”
“If we allow individuals and organizations to succeed by scaring people, we do not actually end up any safer. Fear does not make us safer. It makes us weaker.”
Fox News removed the tweet on Tuesday evening following Purchase’s email.
The Actual Terrorist
The actual suspect for the terrorist attack was French Canadian, 27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette. The attack killed six people and wounded over 19. The university student was since charged with murder and attempted murder.
According to reports, the gunman is a fan of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and the newly elected US President Donald Trump. He was described as a person with “extreme nationalist views.”