It was claimed that coup d’état took place in Qatar on 4 May 2020. The video, which was shared on social media and news websites such as Tele1 and Yeni Akit, was claimed to show the voices of the gunfight in the coup d’état.
After the news and videos were shared on social media and some Arabic news websites about the coup d’état in Qatar, there were videos refuting the claim on social media. Rashid Al-Hamli shared the original version of the video in the claim on Twitter. These views prove that the sound of the gunshots is not real, and it was added to the video later. Besides, Al-Hamli shared other videos recorded in the same place and confirmed their reality.
Teyit reached Al-Hamli about it. He said that he recorded the video. Marc Owen Jones, an assistant professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Hamad bin Khalifa University, confirming false information, also shared information about the video. According to Jones, Al-Hamli, who shared the original video, says that the video has gunshot or perhaps bird sounds. Also, Jones notes that these views were released to support rumors about the coup.
Al Jazeera television also reported about the videos on social media and confuted the claims on 4 May 2020. The news reported that Saudis shared posts about the coup in Qatar under the hashtag, #AlWakra (a city in Doha) on social media platforms. Sputnik Arabic reported that a special source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar refuted the claims on social media.
Qatar Embassy in Russia refuted the claims about the coup d’état and the videos. Another news was reported on the website called iloveqatar about the claims, saying fake accounts were created to spread the rumors about the coup.
It is necessary to search for the sounds of guns added to the video. On social media, we find a video that is claimed to be of the coup d’etat on 4 May 2020. The sound of the conflict in this video is the same as that of the video in the claim. The video shows an old-date event and was shared on April 1, 2017.
In the audio editing and recording program called Audacity, we can compare the audio added to the video in the claim with the audio in the original video. The sounds seem to match.
Figure 1: Yellow area shows the added voice. The red area shows the first original voice in 2017.
The sound waves in the first box show the original version of the sound. Clips were made on the sound wave in the second box.
In conclusion, the claim that there was a coup d’etat on 4 May 2020 in Qatar, and the video on social media showed the conflict in the coup is not true. There is no gun sound in the original video. The post in question is an example of manipulated content.
Alayam, The sounds of the exchange of fire continue in Doha, 4 May 2020
Twitter, The post of Rashid Al-Hamli, 4 May 2020
Twitter, Video post of Rashid Al-Hamli, 4 May 2020
Twitter, Marc Owen Jones’s posts, 4 May 2020
Twitter, the Phone call with Rashid Al-Hamli, 5 May 2020 Saat: 09.00
YouTube, Al Jazeera news, 4 May 2020
Sputnik Arapça, The first official response from Qatar to the allegations of a "coup" made by Hamad bin Jassim, 4 May 2020
Russian News Agency, Ambassador slams report on coup d’etat attempt in Qatar as fake, 4 May 2020
iloveqatar, Video of gunshots being fired in Qatar and Coup proven FAKE!, 4 May 2020
Twitter, Newcastle Saudi’s post, 4 May 2020
YouTube, I hear shooting sounds, 1 April 2017
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar