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WHEN the Oxford University’s compliant, scared, iliberal wimps and bigots censored an abotion debate, anyone sane should have noted that “Free speech is under assault on campus”. Tim Stanley was one of the speakers who was shut down by the unenlightend, ignorant mob.
…someone was outraged that we dared to discuss this issue at all. A protest group of around 300 people called “What the f**k is ‘Abortion Culture’?” appeared on Facebook that promised to “take along some non-destructive but oh so disruptive instruments to help demonstrate to the anti-choicers just what we think of their ‘debate’.” We were guilty of promoting “really sh*tty anti-choice rhetoric and probs some cissexism.” The foul language indicates how sophisticated the protesters were, while the accusation of cissexism had me reaching for my online urban dictionary. Was I being called a sissy by homophobic feminists? Mais non. Apparently a “cis” is someone who identifies with the same gender that they were born with. So that’s a thing now.
The university’s students’ union also issued a statement that took aim at Brendan O’Neill and me for being so offensively attached to our God-given genitals: “The Women’s Campaign (WomCam) condemn SFL for holding this debate. It is absurd to think we should be listening to two cisgender men debate about what people with uteruses should be doing with their bodies.” Next, the Christ Church Junior Common Room (posh talk for “the committee that run the students’ bar”) passed a motion asking their college to decline to room the debate. Eventually, the college caved-in on the grounds that, “there was insufficient time between today and tomorrow to address some concerns they had about the meeting”. The pro-life society tried to find an alternative venue but everyone else said “no”. I believe that two colleges agreed only to later rescind their invitations…
What it also proved is that elements of the Left are working hard to define new parameters for freedom of speech. You are free to speak so long as it doesn’t offend certain sensibilities, which of course amounts to no real freedom at all.
Madeleine McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.
BBC: “Ex-suspect Murat ‘faces new questions’
Robert Murat..? The poor sod who was monstered and libelled?
Police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann are to question former suspect Robert Murat. A source close to the case has told the BBC that two of 11 people due to be questioned by officers in Portugal are Mr Murat and his wife.
Molly Crabapple write on Freguson, the small US city where a white police office shot dead a young black man:
“On August 9th, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot a black teenager named Mike Brown. Since then, the city has been protesting. The police did not react well. This is a short by animator Jim Batt and me explaining the events in Ferguson, and the events brought to light outside the city, since the shooting of Mike Brown.”
Police don’t listen. They tell.
ELLY Prizeman is the most talked about shirt designer on this planet (and whatever planet they’re on).
Her stellar range of shirts is out of this world (as modelled by Matt Taylor).
As another notable shirt designer, Vivienne Westwood, put it:
You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.
AND on its goes, the row over Dr Matt Taylor’s shirt.
“Modern feminists’ focus on behaviour, its propensity for censorship and its increasingly anti-man rhetoric, is creating a dogmatic and divisive feminism that turns women into victims who need protecting from the big, bad world, rather than equipping women with the tools to tackle real issues of gender inequality.”
THE murders of four praying Jews and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem would be a massacre, or the work of seriel killers. The two men who armed themselves with an axe, knives and a pistol to slaughter Jews in a synagogue would be presented as being dangerous, mentally negligible nutjobs, like the killers of drummer Lee Rigby. But this is Israel. The rules are changed.
FOUR Jews have been murdered in a synagogue in Jerusalem. They were praying when two Palestinians walked in and shot them. The murderers were wielding knives and a meat cleaver.
Druze police officer Zidan Nahad Seif was also murdered.
CNN was first with the gaffe:
The bodies of the dead are not being bradcast on Twitter or the BBC.
COLLEGE sex and Prohibition:
“A vast majority of college women’s rape claims involve alcohol. Not long ago, 18-year-olds in many states could drink legally. College-sponsored events could openly involve a keg, with security officers on hand to ensure that things didn’t get out of hand. Since 1984, when the federal government compelled states to adopt a drinking age of 21, college alcohol policies have been a mockery. Prohibition has driven alcohol into private spaces and house parties, with schools largely turning a blind eye.”
Banning drink and drugs never does work…
WHEN police murderer Harry Roberts was released for prison, the Mail on Sunday had an “exclusive”:
25 Oct 2014: Kate Kray, of the infamous Kray family, was the women how secured the “only interview” Harry Roberts has ever given.
The story tells readers:
I am the only person ever to have interviewed Harry Roberts.
When you’re 93-year-old, it’s time to take a hit from your first joint.
93-year-old “Silver Princess” and her son “Open Sky” has uploaded this view of them smoking weed together. It’s her first time. Well, so goes the legend.
The drug is now legal in Washington, so the police will not toss grandma in prison and ruin her life.
THE fall out from the Mirror’s report on alleged peadophiles is that fingers are being pointed with no proof. Compensation-seeking lawyers, police PRs, self-serving politicians and anyone looking for a whistleblower to prove all the conspiracies true are circumventing justice to prove their settled conclusion: peados did abuse and even murder children in 1980s Westminster.
Maybe it is true. But what about the facts?
Barrister Blogger has more:
The scene was set yesterday when the BBC decided to join Exaro News in broadcasting an interview with a man in his 40s known as “Nick” who alleges that he was repeatedly raped by Conservative MPs and other “VIPs” in the 1970s and 80s. Nick, it is said, is grateful to Exaro News and to his counsellor for “allowing” him to tell his story in public, and wants to encourage others to go, as he has now gone, to the police to corroborate his account. According to the BBC he has been “in counselling on and off since he was in his twenties” and has only now “found the strength to come forward.” There was no mention in the BBC interview of any murder and Exaro have never previously revealed that Nick witnessed a murder.
Mark Watts the Exaro interviewer suggests “a lot of people will find your account hard to believe,” but that does not mean that Nick is lying. Nevertheless Exaro, and now the BBC, have acted extremely unwisely by catapulting him into the public domain.
Both the BBC’s interview, and even more so Exaro’s, go into considerable detail about the alleged abuse. We are told, for example, how Nick and other children would be driven to Dolpin Square where sex parties were held. They would be made to dance and sing, before being sexually abused by a group including MPs, “an ex-Cabinet Minister,” and other “powerful people.” Nick says that he was repeatedly raped while his head was held under water in a bath, and on a number of occasions he nearly drowned. Boys were injured, and a doctor, he says, was part of the group to treat these injuries. It was, indeed, a paedophile ring.
The first effect of broadcasting Nick’s detailed allegations is that anybody wishing to make a false allegation has now been given not just rumours, which in truth have been flying around on the internet for years, but a detailed and apparently first-hand description of exactly how another witness says the abuse took place. This, of course, flies in the face of good policing practice in which the account of one witness is never given to other potential witnesses precisely because of the danger of contamination. It is true that neither Exaro nor the BBC has actually given the names of the alleged abusers but 5 minutes on the internet would supply a selection of Tory MPs and cabinet ministers about whom rumours have swirled. Most of those who were cabinet ministers in Mrs Thatcher’s first administration are now dead, so the tidbit that the Minister in question is still alive narrows the field to about 10 suspects.
In any case involving multiple complainants the defence always strives hard to show that the complainants may have colluded with each other, or at least that later complainants knew of the substance of an earlier complaint, while the prosecution tries to show that such collusion or awareness is unlikely. Well, Exaro and the BBC together have comprehensively ensured that any future complainant will be aware of the detail of Nick’s complaint and his evidence will for that reason be devalued. In a nutshell, if a future witness relates similar details to Nick’s he will be accused of having learnt them from the BBC and Exaro interviews. It is on such issues that cases turn.
ARE we outraged that Christians are being persecuted?
Melanie Phillips in the Times:
Barbaric assaults on religious liberty are greeted in the West with an embarrassed silence. Canon Andrew White is one of the bravest people I know. For nine years this former Middle East envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has played a key role in freeing hostages in the region, has been the vicar of St George’s church in Baghdad.
As such, he has been the emblem and body-armoured defender of Iraq’s Christian community, which has been under murderous assault in the wars that have engulfed Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
A few days ago, at a conference I chaired in Jerusalem, Canon White told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury has now forbidden him to return to his church in its heavily barricaded compound. Given the advance towards Baghdad of Islamic State (Isis) — which has now murdered a fifth hostage, the American Peter Kassig — it is simply too dangerous even for him.
More than 1,200 members of his congregation and several of his staff have been murdered in the past few years. His flock has dwindled from 6,500 to 1,000 today, including the six remaining Jews in Iraq, who have lived under his personal protection.
What is happening is a tragedy of extraordinary, historic proportions. In the place where Abraham was born, most of the 135,000-strong, three millennia-old Jewish community was forced to flee several decades ago. Now it seems that Christianity is about to be wiped out in a land where it has been cradled for more than 2,000 years.
THE CENSORS won! An Oxford University debate between Brendan O’Neill and Tim Stanley on ‘abortion culture’ is cancelled. Ther would be protests. And that was no good. Christ Church JCR Treasurer, Will Neaverson tells Cherwell:
“I’m relieved the Censors have made this decision. It clearly makes the most sense for the safety – both physical and mental – of the students who live and work in Christ Church. I’m glad the views of the GM were well represented and well received.”
TO North Devon Magistrates’s court, where Christopher Saunders, is answering the charge of being in with possession of nine pence worth of cannabis, roughly 0.09 grams of prohibited drugs.
Tim Hook for the defence, argues:
“If I close one’s eyes and try to imagine nine hundredths of a gram it is a very difficult thing to fasten your mind on. I think it is a quantity that is barely capable of measurement… I am staggeringly surprised it couldn’t have been dealt with by way of a caution at the police station, when so many things are.”
Mr Saunders pleads guilty. He is awarded a conditional discharge.
The war on drugs goes on…
TWO lines to listen out for in this video of a man on a bike doing a 22mph wheelie in the City of London and the policeman telling him off:
Our favoutite is, “Get out the SQuare Mile and don’t come back”. John Wayne would be proud.
That narrowly beats, “You can tell your friends about the big telling off you got from a policeman on a horse”.
BRENDAN O’Neill and Timothy Stanley are going to debate abortion at Oxford Students for Life’s Abortion Culture debate. Or are they? Cherwell, the independent student newspaper of Oxford University, has news:
A controversial debate on abortion planned to be held at Christ Church by Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) has attracted widespread student criticism, with the College’s JCR voting to inform college Censors about the mental and physical security issues surrounding the debate.
Mental security? Colleges ought to be beacons of free inquiry. Is the allegation that listening to O’Neill and Stanley will render you unhinged? These melon twisters might make you think, and that would be just awful.
DID you see the convicted child abuser on Jim’ll Fix It, the Jimmy Savile BBC show whereon the twice-over knight (papal and regal) made kids’ wishes come true? Of course the biggest wish he saved for later when he dropped dead.
The peado wasn’t just Jimmy. He’s only an alleged one. This other padon was an actual proven nonce. As the Telegraph reports:
A young girl was “set up” to appear on Jim’ll Fix It alongside a convicted child abuser, the BBC has reported.
Was she set up because he was a young girl?
Confidential social services reports confirm that Keith Harding, an antiques expert who appeared on the 1980 Christmas edition of the show, was involved with the notorious campaign group, the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie), according to the Radio 4’s Today programme. It said that Harding was convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in the late 1950s and was a “schedule 1″ offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.
However he was subsequently given the Freedom of the City of London and became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, as well as running a museum regularly visited by children.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Marco Reus heading to Chelsea? The Daily Express has been updating readers with no news whatdsover
The Daily Express, on November 9, and David Wright had news:
Chelsea to beat Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal to Marco Reus in Andre Schurrle swap deal…
CHELSEA are hoping to tempt Borussia Dortmund to part ways with Marco Reus in January with Andre Schurrle going the other way.
WHAT happens after you win millions on the lottery?
The Daily Mail says it’s mistery and more msiery:
Why so many lottery winners like me end up losers in love: Every week it seems another couple splits after scooping a Lotto jackpot
But it isn’t. That just makes the losers feel better. Money does buy happiness:
Dean Allen: 26 when he won £13,861,061:
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LIFE imitates Seinfeld: (and teenagers, we have you surrounded):
Heavily armed tactical officers surrounded a 12-unit apartment building in Waterloo, southern Ontario, Canada, on Saturday afternoon, after citizens and police reported gunshots.
But about two hours later, Waterloo Regional Police determined it was someone who had repeatedly slammed a door inside one of the apartments in the building. Nobody was hurt. No charges were laid, said Staff Sgt. Deborah McBride. “Apparently there was a heavy door that when it was slammed sounded just like a shotgun,” McBride said.
“We don’t know who slammed the door, but we don’t think there was malicious intent,” McBride said.
Run the CCTV fotage:
EAT your heart out Ched Evans, writing in the Telegraph Jason Burt turns his gaze on Malky Mackay, the former Cardiff City manger whose offensive private emails became a public stick with which to beat him.
It was alleged Mackay shared racist, homophobic and misoynistic texts with former Cardiff colleague Iain Moody, who resigned his position as Crystal Palace sporting director shortly after the messages came to light.
Let’s look again at what was found:
“Go on, fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that sees money slipping through his fingers.” On football agent Phil Smith.
“He’s a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted.” Referring to an official at another club.
“Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.” Referring to a list of potential signings.
“I bet you’d love a bounce on her falsies”
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NEWSPAPERS are in peril:
- One of California’s largest newspapers has asked reporters and other employees to help deliver papers on Sundays, according to a memo obtained by Reuters, the latest sign of the toll that financial woes are taking on print journalism.
The Santa Ana-based Orange County Register, which recently stopped contracting with rival Los Angeles Times for delivery services, is offering $150 gift cards to staff members if they deliver 500 to 600 papers, according to the memo sent on Thursday, which was confirmed by the paper’s top editor.
“The entire company — all departments, including our newsroom — has been asked to help during what has clearly been a difficult situation,” editor Rob Curley said in an email to Reuters. “It’s strictly voluntary.”
Looks like another job for the interns…
THE police and media have yet to find what happened to Charlene Downes or Paige Chivers. No-one has come forward to tell the media about what they witnessed happne to those two missing teenagers. The focus is all on alleged crimes against children by a gang of Westminster elites.
The Mirror has news on that:
‘I watched Tory MP MURDER a boy during depraved Westminster VIP paedophile party’
Keir Mudie and Mark Conrad report:
The abuse victim’s claims are being treated as credible by detectives now investigating THREE murders allegedly linked to a network of VIP perverts.
Do the police dare treat anyone with a claim as incredible after the Rotherham abuse scandal, where the cops an State ignored the victims?
A victim of the Westminster paedophile abuse scandal has claimed he saw a Conservative MP murder a young boy during a depraved sex party.
Surely that ‘victim’ is an ‘alleged victim’. Can the paper say what it likes about the Tories with impugnity?
And the Sunday People can reveal that detectives are investigating THREE murders allegedly linked to a network of VIP perverts.
The horrifying account comes days after Scotland Yard confirmed they have launched a murder probe connected to allegations of sex abuse from the 1970s and 80s.
Today the Sunday People and Exaro investigations agency expose the full extent of shocking events the witness, known as Nick, has described to the Metropolitan Police paedophile unit.
What is Exaro?
Exaro is an online service that investigates issues that are important to business in particular and to the public in general, but which are being inadequately covered – or ignored – by the mainstream media.
Our specialisms are in-depth investigation and analysis. We investigate the decisions and actions of people in power. We root out material to provide insight, often using the increasing volume of data made available by public bodies, information that is rarely scrutinised.
For each investigation, we are committed to:
searching for the facts;
finding out all the relevant information;
regularly updating what we uncover.
Exaro is for people who want to be well informed about public governance, international affairs, and economic and commercial issues.
“Exaro” is a Latin word; it is the first-person singular of the verb, “exarare”, which means to plough, to dig up, or to inscribe on a wax tablet. “Exaro” is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable, just like “excavate”.
Back to the Mirror:
Nick said: “I watched while that happened. I am not sure how I got out of that. Whether I will ever know why I survived, I am not sure.” Eighteen months later, he claims a third boy was killed by two unknown men in front of another MP. Nick told of his terror as he and the strangling victim were driven to an orgy.
He said: “We looked at each other and saw the fear in each other’s eyes. We said nothing. I knew we were being taken somewhere to be sexually abused by powerful men. But I had no idea of the true horror of what was about to happen.”
In hours of video testimony, he described how he saw the Conservative MP – who was sitting in Parliament at the time – throttle the boy. He said: “The MP was particularly nasty, even among the group of people who sexually abused me and others. I still find it difficult to talk about these incidents after all these years.”
A second witness has already corroborated some of the information related to the case, lending weight to Nick’s claims and strengthening his credibility in the eyes of the police. Nick has also told detectives about the death of another boy during a depraved sexual assault in the presence of a Conservative minister – a different MP to the one involved in the first killing.
Some of the information? Which bits? We’re not told.
Nick said his abusive father supplied him to a group of MPs and other VIPs who held abuse parties at Dolphin Square – an apartment complex in Pimlico, near Parliament – and at other locations in London. He says the minister repeatedly raped him and other boys aged between ten and 14.
The Met’s Operation Midland has released a statement:
“Detectives from the child abuse investigation command are working closely with colleagues from homicide and major crime concerning this information.”
But facts are thin, no?
Nick went on: “There will be other people who know about the punishment and abuse carried out by this group – drivers of the cars who took the boys to venues, staff at the venues. Perhaps they can now come forward.”
But they haven’t come forward.
Last week we told how Nick, now in his 40s, had identified a shamed top diplomat and MI6 chief as one of his attackers. He picked out a photo of Sir Peter Hayman – a former deputy director of the secret service. Hayman, for many years a pillar of the establishment, caused a scandal when he was caught with paedophile literature.
Hayman died in 1992. His story is well known. Can we be more circumscpct as to why a man might pick his face from the pile? The Mail give us the background:
His [Hayman’s] membership number was ‘330’ and this organisation of similarly minded if not gilded individuals was called the Paedophile Information Exchange… PIE supported and encouraged illegal sexual relationships between adults and children. In other words, child abuse.
Sir Peter lived with his wife of 40 years in a lovely home in South Oxfordshire where, in a parallel existence, he was deputy chairman of the Conservative Association. He acted as a churchwarden’s assistant, and opened the local fete.
Everyone there thought he was marvellous. Who was to know otherwise?
That was because his official PIE literature and graphic correspondence with fellow paedophiles was by squalid necessity sent to a flat at 95 Linden Gardens, Notting Hill Gate, London, some 50 miles away.
The ex-diplomat had rented it for that purpose — as well as extra-marital sexual liaisons — under the name of Peter Henderson. The fact that the flat was almost across the road from the Soviet embassy was simply an irony. How the KGB would have loved to have made blackmail use of his peccadillo.
Then Sir Peter made a mistake. He left a packet of paedophile material in an envelope on a London bus. It was addressed to Mr Henderson at Linden Gardens in Notting Hill. A fellow passenger was curious. The package came into the possession of the police.
Soon afterwards, in November 1978, they raided the Linden Gardens flat.
What they found was a huge trove of revolting paedophilia and other extreme pornography. Among it was a library of 45 substantial diaries in which Sir Peter had recorded in detail his sexual experiences and fantasies, the latter including sex with minors.
There was also substantial correspondence with other PIE members — 111 pages in one instance — in which they shared their otherwise secret desires and other graphic paedophile material.
Police later found that two of the dozen or so paedophiles in Sir Peter’s epistolary circle had been writing to each other about their interest in the extreme sexual torture and murder of children.
Hideous stuff. And grist to the mill of a paedophile network in Westminster. Hayman, after all, pretty much got away with it.
The brother of the judge in charge of the Government’s inquiry into allegations of an establishment paedophile ring refused to prosecute a paedophile diplomat caught exchanging obscene material.
Sir Michael Havers, the late brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, was accused of a “white-wash” after he backed a decision not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman. Baroness Butler-Sloss, a former president of the Family Division of the High Court who led the inquest into the death of Princess Diana, has been appointed by Theresa May to lead an independent inquiry into allegations that child sex abuse was covered up by state bodies, the church, political parties and the BBC. The Home Office said she had “impeccable credentials”.
Seven men and two women, including Hayman, were named as possible defendants in a report submitted by the Metropolitan Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions. However, only one of the group was prosecuted after police found they had an “obsession” with sadistic sexual activity involving children.
Three years later, in the House of Commons, Geoffery Dickens, the MP who had campaigned against child abuse, used Parliamentary privilege to name Hayman. He feared an establishment cover-up like that which surrounded the Cambridge spy ring.
He asked Sir Michael Havers – then the Attorney General – if he “will prosecute Sir Peter Hayman.. for sending and receiving pornographic material through the Royal Mail.”
In a written answer, Sir Michael said he agreed with the DPP not to prosecute Hayman or the other members of the obscene correspondence ring.
There was “no evidence” that the diplomat had sent or received “extreme” material, Sir Michael said. The obscene correspondence “had been contained in sealed envelopes passing between adult individuals in a non-commercial context”, he added.
Sir Michael added: “Although Sir Peter Hayman had subscribed to PIE, that is not an offence and there is no evidence that he was ever involved in the management.”
Like Jimmy Savile, Hayman’s dead. You also can’t ask the dead for their version of events.
Hayman had a revolting passion. But not being able to defend yourself isn’t fair, is it.
A statement by Scotland Yard said: “Our inquiries have revealed further information regarding possible homicide. Based on our current knowledge, this is the first time this information has been passed to the Met.”
And then this in the Mirror’s story:
Investigator Mark Conrad says…
He’s not a police invstigators. Mr Conrad’s Twitter profile says he is a “freelance investigative journalist and researcher”. And he says:
“Nick’s account of his decade-long abuse – the trafficking, sexual and physical assaults and murders – and revelations about the status of the men defied belief. Unlike many abuse survivors, Nick has gone on to have a successful life. He is intelligent, articulate and strong-minded.
“His accounts are uncomfortably detailed and consistent… Like Exaro, the police regard Nick as credible.”
But they are untested. The investigation is nothing of the sort: it’s one man making claims to a willing-to-believe audience.
Child abuse is an abhorrent crime. But this rush to believe the whistleblower is pandering to the conspiracy theories of a powerful network of paedophiles. The journalist is simply receiving the truth that makes the believed-in conspiracy fact. No dirt has been dug. The ‘victim’ has been heard but not cross-examined. Why did he pick Hayman out and no-one else? Why aren’t names being named? Why did he wait so long to tell all?
This unquestioning aproach to whistleblowers goes to the top. Tom Watson MP says:
“The allegations of cruelty, torture and murder are truly shocking and go far beyond the case I raised with the Prime Minister two years ago. The public will be deeply concerned which is why it is vital the police quickly establish the facts. It’s such a disturbing allegation that I have no doubt the resources will be found to conduct a thorough investigation.
“If true, this is a vital piece of the jigsaw in the pursuit of organised child abuse.
“We are at the point where the government should consider a national police inquiry made up of specialists from around the country. It is unfair to ask the police in London alone to investigate alleged crimes that took place in many regions of the UK. I am writing to the PM to make this request.”
All that from one testimony. And Watson’s in the mainstream, where conspiracies now live.
Meanwhile, what about Charlene Downes and Paige Chivers, teenagers who went missing long after Nick’s story of alleged depravity in high places is set? In the rush to bury the past, today’s news is being overlooked…
HOW much does one of Sir Jimmy Savile’s victims get? The Sun knows:
OUTRAGED victims of Jimmy Savile have been told to expect payouts of just £7,500.
Surely the victims are more outraged that the BBC and NHS’s pet paedo got away with his alleged crimes?
Those targeted by the sex beast are expected to reject the “pitiful” compensation. It is thought people who were raped by the late DJ may get slightly more.
DO you believe what you see coming from the Middle East? You should doubt it:
An online video that purported to show the heart-stopping moment when a small boy risked his life to rescue a little girl from gunfire in Syria has been exposed as an elaborate hoax. Lars Klevberg, 34, a Norwegian film director based in Oslo, admitted last night that he was behind the staged clip, which has been viewed more than five million times and prompted international headlines.
Mr Klevberg scripted the scene after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria…
The 60-second video appears to show a Syrian street raked by gunfire. A boy, who looks no more than ten years old, tries to reach a girl of about the same age as she shelters from gunfire behind a burnt-out car.
Entitled “Syrian hero boy rescues girl in shootout”, the video then shows the boy falling dramatically within yards of the car, apparently feigning injury, before leaping forward and pulling the terrified young girl to safety. They then run, hand-in-hand, under heavy fire to shelter.
The children were actors.
Mr Klevberg said, adding that his purpose had been to urge “action on behalf of innocent children”.
What a guy:
Klevberg contacted the BBC and admitted that the video was not authentic, revealing that the footage had been filmed in May 2014, not in Syria but in Malta. The Oslo-based filmmaker said his team wanted to draw attention to the plight of children in war-torn Syria:
If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope. We shot it in Malta in May this year on a set that was used for other famous movies like Troy and Gladiator. The little boy and girl are professional actors from Malta. The voices in the background are Syrian refugees living in Malta…
By publishing a clip that could appear to be authentic we hoped to take advantage of a tool that’s often used in war; make a video that claims to be real. We wanted to see if the film would get attention and spur debate, first and foremost about children and war. We also wanted to see how the media would respond to such a video.
Well, if it confirms their prejudices, they lap it up without question.
The New York Daily News lapped it up:
Metro was iumpressed:
In the incredible clip, which was released by Syrian activist group Shaam News Network, the boy can be seen lying on the floor as bullets whip around him in a rubble-filled courtyard.
(Shaam – the second ‘a’ is silent.)