Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once again been featured in a fake news site claiming that he posted this question: “Why is the world fighting Duterte instead of N. Korea’s Kim?”
Fake news site aljazeeranews-tv.com struck again with Trudeau as the target. According to the website, Trudeau, in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, said that many leaders were focused on fighting the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte instead of turning their attention on the “real world threat” posed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his nuclear activities.
He was quoted in the article saying, “Why is the world fighting the Philippines government under president Duterte in stead of focusing on ‘the real threat’ from N. Korea’s Kim from his nuclear programme?”
The article also noted what it described as Trudeau’s “soft stance” on Duterte’s war on drugs and how the Canadian leader urged other countries to provide the Philippines with “advisory and technical assistance” instead of criticizing them.
According to Facebook Articles search result, the story has been shared over 2,000 times already.
When it was shared to a Duterte fan page on Facebook, the story got over 200 shares and comments who agreed with and lauded Trudeau for his alleged comment on Duterte.
However, aljazeeranews-tv.com is simply a website trying hard to mimic the Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera and to fool people into believing their outrageous claims. The website URL of the real Al Jazeera is aljazeera.com.
Thus, it was no longer a surprise when the statement about Trudeau seemingly defending Duterte against the criticisms of other world leaders turned out to be fake. In fact, it was merely found on aljazeeranews-tv.com, but not on any other credible news sites.
As for Trudeau’s alleged soft stance on the drug war wielded by the Duterte administration, it’s simply not true. However, there was a fake story that Meme Buster busted in September 2016 about how Trudeau “praised” Duterte’s war on drugs and expressed their “fullest support” for the Philippines.
When Trudeu called Duterte back in May 2016 to congratulate the latter for winning in the Philippine elections, Duterte himself said that they talked about human rights and that he assured the Canadian Prime Minister that he is following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but with a “few exceptions.”
Al Jazeera reporter Jamela Aisha Alindogan took to Facebook on September 24 to warn people about this fake story about Trudeau and Duterte.
“This is a fake story from a fake website. We never did this story. This never happened. The correct one is www.aljazeera.com. Help us report it,” she wrote.
Just a few days ago, aljazeeranews-tv.com also published a fake story about US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley allegedly asking space for Duterte to run the Philippines. We busted the story, but Manila Times columnist fell for the fake Haley statement and wrote about it on his column on September 23.