A Sikh journalist is considering legal action after he was wrongly identified as a terrorist in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.
Canadian Veerender Jubbal’s innocent selfie with an iPad was doctored to add an explosives vest and a Quran before it was circulated online.
One of Spain’s biggest newspapers – La Razón - printed the image, captioned “one of the terrorists” before hastily apologising. It was also used by two Italian newspapers and an posted on Twitter by various other channels.
Several posts on social media also referred to Jubbal as a “Sikh convert to Islam.”
As the image spread, Jubbal took to Twitter to explain the image was fake and that he had nothing to do with the attacks.
People are editing, and photoshopping my selfies as if I am one of the people causing the issues/problems in Paris.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
You can all check the last retweets.
Let us start with basics.
Never been to Paris.
Am a Sikh dude with a turban.
Lives in Canada.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Gamers are absolute garbage like I have been saying for a full year.
People will not stop harassing, and bothering me.
I am cute as gosh.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
Learn the difference between me being a Sikh, and a Muslim.
Cry in mug, while I use your tears to water my garden.
I am valuable, and rad.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 14, 2015
I hope everyone has caught up with what is going on with me.
I went viral due to a photoshopped image claiming I am a terrorist.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
Well, just got a phone call from a cousin in India, and they know about it; and saw the whole thing in India Times.
We might sue, I guess.— Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
While it is not certain who edited the image or why, The Guardian reports some have suggested Jubbal’s criticism of the Gamergate movement may have played a part.
Jubbal’s Twitter handle claims he “Made #StopGamerGate2014” and describes him as a critic and social justice healer.
The controversy continues to divide gamers calling for journalistic integrity within the gaming industry and those who believe #Gamergate is merely a misogynistic movement aimed at alienating female gamers.