White House has briefly censored French President Francois Hollande’s comment on terrorism in the official video of the meeting between the two presidents.
The White House briefly censored a video of a press event on terrorism, while releasing it on White House Government website and YouTube. French President Hollande’s translator in the video goes silent when he utters the words “Islamist Terrorism.”
According to the official White House transcript of the meeting, Hollande referred to “Islamist Terrorism” in the meeting. Media Research Center (MRC), a non-profit media watchdog was the first to report the censorship. However, the official transcript available on the White House site includes the words.
Hollande commented during the meeting, “We are also making sure that between Europe and the United States there can be a very high-level coordination. But we’re also well aware that the roots of terrorism, [Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We, therefore, have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we’re doing within the framework of the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we’ve been able to launch with the coalition.”
President Obama came under fire for editing the video as he is already criticised by Republicans for not mentioning “radical Islam” while discussing terrorism, reported Mail Online.
Nonetheless later, on Friday night, White House posted an unedited version of the video calling the omission the result of “a technical issue with the audio.”
The White House statement read, “A technical issue with the audio during the recording of President Hollande’s remarks led to a brief drop in the audio recording of the English interpretation. As soon as this was brought to our attention, we posted an updated video online here with the complete audio, which is consistent with the written transcript we released yesterday.”
Obama, according to MRC TV made three vague mentions of terrorism by citing “hands of terrorism”, the “scourge of terrorism” and “counter-terrorism” during the press meet.
Obama in his recent visit to a mosque, apparently, said that critics of Islam in the US violated the religious freedom of the country. The comment reflected his stand against Islamophobia.