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Edited Pro-Refugee Image From Canada Shared With Misleading Claims Related To Vienna’s Attack

An image which shows a woman wearing a banner is being shared with claims related to the recent attack in Vienna. This banner reads, “My pussy is open for refugees.” It’s shared with the claim, “I don’t know why Europe is crying now? You invited the trouble, you are responsible #ViennaTerrorAttack”

https://twitter.com/OfficeOfDGP/status/1323641925346324480?s=20

Other social media users shared this claim as well.

https://www.facebook.com/kanchan.dwivedi1/posts/3780373328640795

These claims come after the recent shooting near Vienna’s central synagogue. As per a BBC report, a 20 year old who was released from jail in December was identified as the gunman. “Jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed on its propaganda outlet Amaq that it was behind the attack.” 

Another claim with the image in context was circulating on social media in August. You can see an example of this here

Fact Check/ Verification 

A Google reverse image search of the photograph in context led us to a 2018 article published by metro.co.uk

Google reverse image search of the image with banner "my pussy is open for refugees"
Google reverse image search of the image with banner “my pussy is open for refugees”

The original image was shot in 2015 by a Canadian digital reporter, Lasia Kretzel, during a Syrian refugee support rally in Saskatchewan, Canada. The actual sign read, “My door is open for refugees,” per the article. 

July 2018 article by Metro.co.uk on the truth behind "my legs re open for refugees" pictures
July 2018 article by Metro.co.uk on the truth behind “my legs re open for refugees” pictures

It further states that when Nigel Farage, leader of @BrexitParty_UK, shared an edited version of the image apparently believing that it’s true, Kretzel responded with a series of tweets clarifying the facts. 

She writes, “A woman, whose name I do not know, was wearing an Amnesty International pre-made sign around her neck which, in the original photo, read “My door is open for refugees.” 

Further, the photo was “edited (poorly) and redistributed around the internet for various unrelated, primarily anti-immigration propaganda,” she adds. 

You can read Kretzel’s explanation of the original image below:

The photograph in context was earlier viral with another altered sign, “My legs are open for refugees.” Snopes debunked this claim adding that the original version shot by Kretzel for “CKOM News, showed the logo for Amnesty International, a human rights group that has been using the slogan “My Door Is Open For Refugees” since at least 2014.”

Amnesty International in a 2014 blog post wrote about their support to refugees under the banner of “My Door is Open for Refugees.”

2014 blog post by Amnesty International
2014 blog post by Amnesty International

Canadian reporter Lasia Kretzel wrote about the spread of fake news in relation to the photograph for The Guardian in 2018. 

Conclusion 

The original photograph of the woman wearing the yellow Amnesty International banner reads, “My door is open for refugees.” This is not related to the recent attack in Vienna. In fact, the image in the claim has been edited to spread fake news.

Result: Manipulated media

Our Sources

Metro.co.uk: https://metro.co.uk/2018/07/16/photographer-reveals-truth-behind-my-legs-are-open-for-refugees-picture-7720468/

Lasia Kretzel: https://twitter.com/lkretzel1130/status/1018647894792912896?s=20

Snopes: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/legs-open-refugees-sign/

Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.ca/blog/my-door-is-open-for-refugees

The Guardian:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/17/nigel-farage-fake-news-migrants-twitter


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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