Saudi news website Sabq.org has denied on Wednesday a report published by Reuters news agency that claimed that the Saudi Counsel General Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, Turkey had been relieved of his position.
The report, quoting an official, claimed that al-Otaibi will be investigated. Sabq.org claimed that its journalists corroborated with their sources, asserting that it has nothing to do with the false report by Reuters.
In a tweet, it further clarified that the false reporting is a professional and ethical fall for Reuters adding that the prominent agency fell in the trap of disinformation and falsely related a report to Sabq.org.
Reuters, shortly after publishing the false news report, deleted a Tweet linking to their story after it became clear their sourcing was based on a fake website. It then withdrew the report and replaced it with a short retraction.
“Story headlined ‘Saudi consul in Istanbul relieved of post, to be investigated-report’ is withdrawn. The report did not appear on Sabq newspaper’s website as reported. There will be no replacement story,” the note read.
#عاجل..— صحيفة سبق الإلكترونية (@sabqorg) October 17, 2018
"سبق" تؤكد لقرائها أنها تستقي أخبارها من مصادرها الموثوقة مشددة على أنها ليس لها علاقة بالمتداول..
سقطة مهنية وأخلاقية لـ"رويترز".. الوكالة الشهيرة تقع في فخ التضليل وتنسب خبراً مزوراً لـ"سبق".