On Monday the Daily Express claimed that a Spanish government report was warning of a terrorist attack by ISIS, possibly against British tourists.

The newspaper report then followed up by Mail Online and of course the far-right conspiracy site Breitbart.

The Express claimed:

However, Spain may soon join the ranks of countries where holidaymakers fear for their safety, according to a Government report. There is evidence that ISIS militants may have their eye on Spain as the next target.

The report states: “ISIS has been publishing in Spanish, which means an increase in the risk of its influence on radicals living in our country.”

It also claims that last summer, “Daesh launched a campaign to hire Spanish translators, which suggests a growing interest in attracting Spanish-speaking foreign fighters.”

But, once again, the tabloids barely bothered to do a bit of digging into the story.

As the Spain Report points out, there was no such warning.

Earlier in the day, the Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, said in statements to journalists that there was no specific threat against any location in Spain, although there was a generalised concern “against the whole of the West”.

The British news stories referenced a new Spanish government national security report, presented in Congress on Tuesday morning by the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Jorge Moragas.

That 174-page report does exist, and was made public on Tuesday, but it does not contain any specific references to imminent, direct, large-scale jihadi massacres about to take place in Benidorm or on the Costa del Sol.

Funny, that.

The report also made no uses of the words used by the UK tabloids:

There are zero references to “direct threats” plural, of any kind, anywhere, in the report. Likewise, there are no references at all to “large scale”, “massacre” or “slaughter”.

So how did these references get into the Express, Mail and Breitbart?

We wouldn’t dare suggest someone just made them up

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