Photoshopped Photo Of An Innocent Canadian Sikh Portrayed As A Paris Terrorist Goes Viral

Nov 16, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Photoshopped Photo Of An Innocent Canadian Sikh Portrayed As A Paris Terrorist Goes Viral

Nov 16, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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The internet and Photoshop are both amazing tools that have facilitated endless amounts of good deeds.

But as a Canadian Sikh by the name of Veerender Jubbal recently found out, they aren’t always used with the best intentions in mind.

A selfie Jubal posted online several months ago was photoshopped to make him look like a terrorist and was spread online presenting him as one of the terrorists responsible for the murderous Paris attacks.

Clearly a fake, the photo still went viral and was printed and shared by European news outlets.

The Guardian reports that La Razón, a Madrid based newspaper and one of the biggest in Spain, printed Jubbal’s photo and captioned it “one of the terrorists”.

For whatever reason, the newspaper’s editors failed to notice a couple of dead giveaways that the photo is a fake. Firstly, the electric sockets are obviously North American. I wouldn’t necessarily expect the editors to know where the sockets are used, but they definitely should have noticed that those aren’t the same sockets used in Europe.

The second sign that the photo has been doctored is the elongated brown item in the far right side of the bath tub. No you don’t have a dirty mind, that is in fact a dildo. Not what you’d expect to see in a radical Islamist suicide bomber’s bathroom.

Then there’s also the rest of the Photoshop work, namely turning the iPad into a Quran and adding the suicide vest, that some might say could offer signs of foul play upon close inspection.

La Razón apologized yesterday afternoon for the mistake, but that was after Jubbal’s photos was printed along with the following text: “One of the terrorists may have entered Greece along with Syrian refugees. The unidentified attackers were between 15 and 18 years and acted in three teams”.

Jubbal noticed the photo already on Saturday and tweeted about it:

The following day he continued to tweet about it, as the photo went viral. In one of his tweets Jubbal clarified that he’d never been to Paris and that he’s “a Sikh dude with a turban”, not a Muslim:

The manipulated photo was even shared on what BuzzFeed calls “one of the largest – though unofficial – pro-ISIS channels on Telegram”. This is the same app ISIS used to claim responsibility for the Paris attacks.

Source: BuzzFeed News / Khilafah News / Telegram
Source: BuzzFeed News / Khilafah News / Telegram

Joining the Spanish newspaper was the Italian Sky TG24 television channel that tweeted the manipulated photo to its almost 2 million followers. It also aired the photo in a news segment that appeared on the channel’s website.

https://twitter.com/SkyTG24/status/665627398138929152

Unsurprisingly, Jubbal said he is considering legal action against the media publications that shared the fake photo:

It is not known for a fact who is behind the manipulated photo and while Jubbal suspects it was the online Gamergate movement, the damage is already done:

[via The Guardian]

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15 responses to “Photoshopped Photo Of An Innocent Canadian Sikh Portrayed As A Paris Terrorist Goes Viral”

  1. Marco 2k7 Avatar
    Marco 2k7

    UNBELIEVABLE

  2. Brian McCarthy Avatar
    Brian McCarthy

    They changed the iPad but didn’t bother to change the outlet? That’s lazy AND bigoted

  3. Michael Lombardi Avatar
    Michael Lombardi

    Wow

  4. Michele M. Ferrario Avatar
    Michele M. Ferrario

    The dildo on background was a genius touch.

  5. Andrew Ridgway Avatar
    Andrew Ridgway

    One to many pieces of click fodder diy photography… Unliking your site now..

  6. Mark Osborne Avatar
    Mark Osborne

    The Quran can take photos.

  7. Belina Click Avatar
    Belina Click

    I love the fact they actually changed his eyebrows so he could look mean :p

  8. Nadine Lianne Spires Avatar
    Nadine Lianne Spires

    I thought it was an important article considering photographers in my one group were asked to help out with identifying some critical information regarding a photoshopped photo.

  9. Bolor Calance Avatar
    Bolor Calance

    At least fixed the color balance…

  10. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    Hope the guy sues the shit out of those media publications… That’s irresponsible news reporting.

  11. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
    Arthur_P_Dent

    1. This has to do with DIY photography how?
    2. The dead giveaway that this photo’s a fraud is the fact that he’s holding a Quran in the bathroom. No devout Muslim would take a book they regard as holy in the filthiest room in the house.

    1. John H Avatar
      John H

      The sikh headgear wasn’t enough of a giveaway?

      1. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
        Arthur_P_Dent

        That’s true. Actually, the photo was so full of clues and giveaways that a only a pudding brain would fall for it.

        1. John H Avatar
          John H

          Unfortunately there are a lot of pudding brains in the world.

  12. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    Worst DIY project you’ve ever posted