Fake news watch: Get the juice on Saddam glorification

Fake news watch: Get the juice on Saddam glorification
Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. (AFP)
Updated 05 February 2019

Fake news watch: Get the juice on Saddam glorification

Fake news watch: Get the juice on Saddam glorification
  • Iraq’s supreme judicial council has denied issuing a decision to criminalize the glorification of the late president Saddam Hussein
  • A viral video purporting to show a Qur’an student being beaten by his teacher at a mosque in Dubai was reported to be fake news

1 Glorifying Saddam is not a crime
Iraq’s supreme judicial council has denied issuing a decision to criminalize the glorification of the late president Saddam Hussein.
It followed the arrest of a poet who wrote some verse praising the days of the late president.
The incident prompted Iraqis on social media to circulate news reports claiming that glorifying the deceased leader had become a crime.
The judiciary council swiftly denied the claim.

2 Rumors of a boy beaten at Dubai mosque refuted
A viral video purporting to show a Qur’an student being beaten by his teacher at a mosque in Dubai was reported to be fake news according to a report in Khaleej Times.
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department issued a statement regarding a video that went viral on social media, the Dubai-based newspaper said.
“We refute the rumors on social media about the so-called incident where a Qur’an student was beaten by his teacher at a mosque in Dubai,” the department said in a statement.

3 Napkins in juice a soggy tale
Jordan’s Food and Drug Administration has denied video footage circulated on social media claiming that napkin fragments were found in a local juice maker’s factory. The administration said in a statement after examining the viral video’s content that it was “unreasonable” that large-sized napkins or towels found their way through a system that had filters.