On Wednesday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson caused considerable embarrassment to the nation and himself by a premature tweet blaming Russia for the murder of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko.
Not only had Babchenko not been murdered by the Russians, he was very much alive – and turned up a few hours after Johnson’s tweet at a press conference in Ukraine.
Two days later and Johnson’s comment remains in his Twitter feed – and won’t be going anywhere, according to the Foreign Office (FCO).
An FCO spokesperson confirmed that the tweet will not be deleted and said:
It is, of course, good news that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko is still alive. The point remains, however, that Russian authorities have been targeting independent journalists for many years simply for opposing the Kremlin.
Well, ok. But the original point was not a general one and that journalist has not been killed – and Johnson’s completely baseless comment will remain on show to anyone unaware of the facts.
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