The photo shows a man who is chest-deep in a hole that is being circulated with reports on “a couple from the northern Malian city of Timbuktu receiving 100 lashes on Wednesday for having had a child out of wedlock.”
The couple was reportedly beaten by “Islamic group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith),” Agence France Presse wrote, based on information from “witnesses,” a “local official” Mohamed Ould Baby, “a hospital source,” and “an Islamic police official in the town.”
But, the photo Mali Jet used is a few years old and is from a separate incident in Somalia. The series of photos of the same man being “buried in the ground” and “stoned…to death for adultery” by “Islamic militants” in Somalia were published on the Huffington Post years ago, News 24 noted.
While the date stamp on the Huffington Post photo gallery reads March 2010, the incident and photos were actually from December 2009. The Associated Press has the photo in question published on its website and identifies it from December 13, 2009. (See here the graphic Associated Press photos in a Huffington Post photo gallery, which the Huffington Post noted in its disclaimer: “They are extremely graphic and do show Ibrahim after the stoning.”)
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Check out the old photo used with Mali Jet’s recent story here.
News 24 reported that there is actual footage by Mali’s state television of the Timbuktu couple being whipped, “but that video has not yet been aired.”
We have written to Mali Jet asking if it will correct and will update with any response. We wrote earlier this month when the Sunday Times used a doctored photo from 2008 with its 2012 coverage of Iran.