(Updated and Bumped)

Reportedly, on Sunday 11 close family members of Jordanian-based Baathist reporter Dia al-Kawwaz, who runs the online anti-Iraq newspaper Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, were slaughtered in Baghdad. The attack occurred in the Al-Shaab neighborhood shortly after 7 a.m. Shia militia men shot dead two of Kawwaz’s sisters, their husbands and their seven children, aged 5 to 10. They then exploded the house on their way out.

This story was carried by dozens of media outlets around the world.


Even Reporters Without Borders reported the shocking news:

Reporters Without Borders took the Baathist bait- hook, line, and sinker:

Call for probe into murder of 11 close relatives of online newspaper editor

Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the murders of 11 close relatives of Dia al-Kawwaz, the Amman-based editor of the online newspaper Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, in an attack on his family home yesterday in Baghdad. Kawwaz recently received telephone threats from Iraqi militia members.

“We call on the government to order an investigation to identify those responsible for this carnage and to bring them to justice,” the press freedom organisation said. “The impunity reigning in Baghdad for the past five years encourages attacks on journalists and their families. It is even more disturbing when security forces see what is happening and yet take no action. Police at a security checkpoint near the Kawwaz family home failed to intervene or give chase.”

Reporters Without Borders added: “Iraqi journalists are defenceless and powerless in the face of the militias operating in the capital. Like Kawwaz, hundreds of them have sought refuge abroad (GP note: This may be news to RWB but Kawwaz has lived abroad for 20 years) but the relatives who have remained in Iraq are exposed to reprisals.”

According to a report posted on the Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq website, around five gunmen entered the Kawwaz family home in the northeast Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Shaab shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday and shot dead two of Kawwaz’s sisters, their husbands and their seven children, aged 5 to 10. They then blew up the house before leaving in a vehicle with no licence plates. Neighbours said police at a nearby post did not intervene.

About that horrible slaughter…
It didn’t happen!!
It was just a hoaxer that Reporters Without Borders failed to fact check.

** The Iraqi Interior Ministry emphatically said, “Kawwaz is lying.”
** The police in Baghdad have not confirmed the attack.
** Talisman Gate reported that Al-Iraqiyya TV has “categorically dismissed reports over the murder of Dhia al-Kawwaz’s family in Sha’ab City.” (Thanks, BG!)
** The Multi-National Force Iraq wrote me and reported that they had found no evidence to back up the fantastic story:


We continue to check into this, but we have not received any reports of
this incident.

MNF-I Press Desk

** Agence France Press is now reporting that the Iraqi government denies the attacks.
** Now… This morning this latest news reported by the Journalist Freedoms Observatory (based in Baghdad) and Voices of Iraq (Aswat Al-Iraq) News confirmed that the story is bogus:

Baghdad, Nov 28, (VOI) – An 11-member family of an Iraqi journalist, reported to have been slain by unknown gunmen two days ago, denied the death news and said they had repudiated him for making the allegation, a source from the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) said on Wednesday.

“The observatory recognized this fact after contacting the family of Diaa all-Kawwaz and Kut Governor Adel al-Tarfa, who denied attending the funeral services allegedly held by al-Kawwaz in the city,” a JFO source told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI) by phone.

Al-Kawwaz, an Iraqi journalist residing in Jordan and the editor-in-chief of the Shabakat Akhbar al-Iraq (Iraq News Network), said on Monday that his 11-member family were killed by unidentified gunmen during a raid on his house in Baghdad’s northern al-Shaab area.

Iraqi Interior Ministry Spokesman Abdul Karami Khalaf had denied the news.
The observatory further revealed that the funeral services allegedly held by al-Kawwaz for his family were for an old man called Hamid Khamees al-Aameri, who died in his house in Kut.

Reporters Without Borders and the other media outlets got pwned.
How sad.

Previous Bogosity:
DeCapiGate: Take 2… Another Bogus “20 Headless Bodies” Report
A Challenge to TIME Magazine to Get Their Facts Straight

UPDATE: HotAir has the latest crap from the disgusting liar Dia al-Kawwaz.
The BBC has photos of the safe family.
Boo-Hoo! …A faked funeral!

Mr Kawwaz (r) held a public wake for relatives he said had been killed. (BBC)

** Reporters Without Borders has posted a correction.
Another faked funeral shot…

Iraqi Shiite journalist Dia al-Kawwaz recites Koranic verses during a condolence service in Amman after gunmen killed 11 in his family. (Awad Awad, Deseret)
More faked funeral photos HERE.

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