BBC corrects Morsi video article

As we noted here on January 16th, the BBC produced an article relating to the 2010 video of Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi in which it downplayed his encouragement of and support for terror attacks against Israelis by claiming that Morsi was ‘only’ referring to “Jewish settlers”.

“In the clip from Palestinian broadcaster Al-Quds TV, Mr Morsi referred to Jewish settlers as “occupiers of Palestine” and “warmongers”.

He called for a “military resistance in Palestine against these Zionist criminals assaulting the land of Palestine and Palestinian”.”

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On January 17th – and apparently following complaints from readers – the article was amended and the offending passage now reads:

“In the clip from Palestinian broadcaster Al-Quds TV, Mr Morsi referred to Zionists, the term most commonly used by the Muslim Brotherhood to refer to Israelis or Jews, as “occupiers of Palestine” and “warmongers”.

He called for a “military resistance in Palestine against these Zionist criminals assaulting the land of Palestine and Palestinian”. “

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The correction was also pointed out a footnote to the article, which even made headlines across the Atlantic:

“Correction 17 January 2013: This report was amended to take out the reference to settlers from the comments made by the Egyptian president.

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In addition to this very welcome step, it would of course be appropriate for the BBC to explain to its audiences how that very problematic reference got there in the first place. 

 

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