Monday 22 April 2019

Social media v mainstream media

Mohamad Tawhidi, the Australia-based 'Imam of Peace', has been tweeting updates on the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks ever since news of them broke, and I've been following him ever since. 

Why? Because he's been telling the story of the attacks in a very different way to mainstream media outlets like the BBC. 

It feels like he's been reporting what actually happened, straight and without covering-up information. 

Has he though? 

Well, maybe we can use him as an example: 

If it turns out that he's been wrong throughout then it will prove the danger of following 'irresponsible' social media accounts and I must learn to be much more careful. However, if it turns out that he's been right throughout then it shows the utter unreliability of the 'responsible' mainstream media who won't provide anything like the full, unfiltered story when attacks like this happen.

Here then, in chronological order, are a selection of Imam Mohamed Tawhidi's tweets:  

  • At least 138 people killed and hundreds hospitalized from injuries in near simultaneous blasts that rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, in the biggest violence in Sri Lanka since its civil war ended a decade ago.
  • Imam Mohamad Tawhidi Retweeted, CNN News 18: NewsAlert – "At least 2 blasts carried out by suicide bombers. Suicide bombers behind attack at Shangri La Hotel and Batticaloa Church. The suicide bombers has been identified as Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammed". 
  • New terrorist attacks are shaking Sri Lanka. This might require international interference. These terrorists seem to be well organised and we don’t know what else is going to happen. Perhaps they’re trying to divert security attention away from a main target. We don’t know.
  • The lack of media interest in what’s happening in Sri Lanka is both disgusting and disgraceful.
  • Imam Mohamad Tawhidi Retweeted, Tarek Fatah: "Two Muslim Suicide Bombers identified in  Sri Lanka attacks. Meet Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammed aa death toll rises over 150."
  • You know that you are not simply ‘Far-Left’, but an actual apologist for terrorists, when even CNN India names them as Islamic Extremists and you are insisting on acting as a lawyer for suicide bomber.
  • Compare the level of outrage with what happened in Sri Lanka with Christchurch, NZ. Triple the amount of casualties and triple the amount of injured people. It offends me and other likeminded Muslims that we get special treatment and other equal humans don’t.
  • Pakistani state-sponsored media is covering the tragedy in Sri Lanka by attacking President Trump over a typo in a deleted and corrected tweet. Let’s visit some Pakistani online forums to find them rejoicing over the attack just like they did when Notre Dame Cathedral was burning.
  • Thank you Theresa May for showing concern over the buildings. I’m sure the hotel managers will appreciate this.
  • Islamist terrorists targeted the Christians of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammad killed at least 140 people and injured more than 560 others; these numbers are rapidly rising. This act of terror must be condemned internationally, by all of us.
  • Truly sad to see Sri Lanka’s defence minister calling this an “unfortunate terrorist incident”. It is not only an “unfortunate incident” but an attack on your country and nation, causing the biggest attack since the civil war (which ended 10 years ago).
  • The attacks in Sri Lanka are continuing and the deaths are rising. Sri Lanka should ask India to send in the black cats.
  • JUST IN: Intelligence officials in Sri Lanka warned that terrorist elements, including the radical Islamic organization NTJ, would carry out a suicide attack in certain churches during Easter.
  • Sri Lanka has seen a spike in Jihadi activity since 2017. The Parliament was told that 32 Muslims from elite families had joined ISIS.
  • 7 terrorists arrested, 2 of the terrorists have been identified as Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammed; BBC doesn’t mention their names. We don’t know yet if the 2 identified were suicide bombers, which makes them 9, or if they are 7 terrorists using planted bombs.
  • Breaking: Local news channels are reporting that this is the image of Zahran Hashim, one of the terrorists responsible for the Sri Lanka attacks. Trust, but verify. It’s still too early to confirm, but do expect other moustache-less handsome faces to surface soon.
  • Thread on statements of one of the terrorists responsible for Sri Lanka attacks identified as Zahran Hashim: ["Islam doesn't permit standing up for National flag. Hindus, Xtians, Budhdhas are Kafirs. Allah created this land for Muslims; Kafirs have the right to live, only Muslims have the right to rule. Loyalty of Muslims should only be for the Nation ruled by Muslims."]
  • If you are silent about Sri Lanka attacks, know that this is an Islamist war against Jesus. Pick a side. I am standing with Jesus.
  • “Sri Lanka Jihadi bomber waited in line at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation”.
  • If you were wondering how 72 virgins were going to be enough for all these Jihadists, Einstein here has the solution: “Allah will transform the Non-Muslims into heavenly female virgins and the inhabitants of Paradise (all Muslims of course) will be ordered to penetrate them”.
  • If you’re wondering why I’m not appearing on any media channels/radio to talk about recent events, that’s because I no longer give interviews to the media. I don’t have time for them. I’ll reach out to the journalists I trust (2-3) to get my message/perspective across. Thank You.
  • We spend hours exposing extremists every day. This video & its background went unnoticed due to language barriers. If he was exposed & brought to the attention of the authorities, he could’ve been stopped. Sri Lanka terrorist: “Anyone who disagrees with Muslims should be killed”.
  • The terrorist behind one of the bombings in Sri Lanka was an Islamist Extremist Imam and preacher by the name of Moulvi Zahran Hashim (with many lectures online and YouTube - makes you wonder why YT never banned him for his terrorist ideology). Anyway, here’s part of the report.
  • Thank you to everyone retweeting what I share: articles, findings, research, news, videos and pictures exposing extremists. You are not doing me a favour. We are in this together, and we are fighting many battles to get the truth out (censorship/mass reporting/etc). Thank you.


  1. Ah, at 5.50 am today, the BBC's main online article was updated...


    The following was inserted as Paragraph 14:

    'The BBC's Azzam Ameen in Colombo says the attackers are thought to be part of a "radical extremist Islamist group" according to authorities.'

    There was no mention of Islamism prior to that.

  2. The first BBC R4 program I heard after the Christchurch shootings was the Today program, where Webb tried to blame it on Trump (seriously).

    The first BBC R4 program I heard after these bombings was TWTW with Mardell blathering on that motives are unknown etc.. Obscure experts brought on to obscure by bringing-up past troubles with Tamil Tigers and Buddhists extremists. No mention of the Islam, etc., even though many alternative media reports of the name of one of suicide bomber already suggests a connection.

    But the corker for me came when Mardell opined "we don't know the motives and we shouldn't speculate, but it seems clear that one of the aims (of the bombers) is to divide Sri Lankan society".
    At that point I switched him off. He's lying and obscuring so much he can't even be consistent within the same sentence!

    1. Indeed! Here's that Mark Mardell quote in full:

      "No, because we don't know who carried this out so it's difficult to speculate on their motives but presumably, as the Prime Minister says, destabilising the country must be one aim."

  3. An exchange from 'The Briefing' on BBC One/BBC News Channel this morning at around 5:45 am:

    BEN BLAND, BBC: Let's start with this terribly upsetting story, as people celebrating Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka targeted in bomb attacks at churches and hotels.
    ALPESH PATEL, CEO, Praefinium Partners: This is Christian persecution. It is what the British Prime Minister spoke of over the Easter weekend, that there is persecution of Christians throughout the world, not just obviously in Sri Lanka. These were churches. It seems obvious, it was persecution of Christians. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister has said there are international links and Islamic terrorism was behind it. The US presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has linked it to Saudi Arabia's export of extremist Islamic thought. If this was Catholic extremism, if such a thing exists, if this was Catholic extremism you would go to the Pope and say, you have got to speak out, speak out, speak out. If it's Islamic extremism you've got to go to its spiritual home, which presumably is Saudi Arabia for them to speak out even more. They have condemned it, but they need to condemn it even more. I think we have to go to the people that the extremists are listening to and who are propagating extremist thought.
    BEN BLAND, BBC: But at this stage we don't know who for's not clear who was behind the attacks.
    ALPESH PATEL: The Sri Lankan authorities and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister have said...he's actually even named a group behind it, which they believe was behind it, and he has specifically said, which is why I've said it's Islamic terrorists.
    BEN BLAND, BBC: Hmm. But normally if there is a group behind it they tend to claim responsibility.
    ALPESH PATEL: Well, there's clearly somebody behind it, because it is co-ordinated. And I'm going at the moment from what the Sri Lankan government's saying, because obviously we've want to be cautious with what we're saying and I'm repeating what they're reported as saying in the mainstream media.

    1. That's what i heard this morning
      except I'm sure I heard the guy
      'The attacked churches and hotels and these guys classify all westerners as Christians, so it seems to me to be an attack on Christians'

    2. I think that was Philip Mounstephen, the Bishop of Truro, on 'Today' this morning (around 8:17 am).

      BISHOP OF TRURO: "But Sri Lanka is a plural society with a number of religious minorities, but this is quite clearly an attack on the Christian community and on those who some might well presume to be Christians on the erroneous assumption that all Westerners are automatically Christian, so...

      MISHAL HUSAIN: (interrupting) You think there might be a link between the church attacks and the hotel attacks in terms of the targeting essentially or an extension of the same group of [indecipherable].

      BISHOP OF TRURO: I have no evidence to that effect but, yes, that would be my strong suspicion.

  4. 8am on the morning after the bombings and it is still extremely difficult to find anything on the BBC about who is behind the murders.

    One can only assume that the BBC have told reporters, presenters and editors to be extremely careful with their language and choice of words and not to speculate about who is to blame until it is confirmed.

    The BBC are also downplaying the significance of Easter, that Christians are the targets and that the bombers might be an Islamist group. The best they can say is that churches and hotels have been bombed.

    The consequence is that it looks like they are censoring and withholding news deliberately in favour of Islam because they are very quick of the mark to speculate and offer up opinions and analysis on other attacks.

    It is shameful behaviour from our supposed professional national broadcaster.


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