On Friday, May 9th, the WSJ published a photo on the front-page of their print edition (above the fold) and on the homepage of their iPad edition (image below) that appears to be a fake. The photo is ostensibly of Nigerian women protesting the kidnapping of girls by the Boko Haram terror group and promoting the Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls.
The protest signs appear very... wrong. The fonts... The colors... the wood-like framing around so many of them... the odd margins of the "RESCUE OUR YOBE GIRLS" sign...
The WSJ removed this photo from the same article on their website during the 10 hour (EDT) on Friday morning. The photo has not turned up in any of the slide shows or other visual media related to the Nigerian kidnapping story since.
Are these signs faked? Is this image a fake?
If this photo is a fake? If so... Why? What is the story that is not being investigated here? Did the WSJ get duped? Is the outrage over the kidnapping of the girls being ginned up under false pretenses? Why are these women gathered? Who organized them? Who took the photo? Who distributed this photo?
I think these are questions worth asking, and worth finding the answers to. I hope some of the Wall Street Journal's competitors decide to look into it.