BBC recognizes that the Mavi Marmara was not an “aid ship”

As we noted here on March 24th, in the plethora of BBC reports concerning what it (wrongly) termed the “Israeli apology for flotilla deaths”, the ‘Mavi Marmara’ was repeatedly and inaccurately described as an “aid ship” and its passengers framed as “activists”. 

One of those articles was amended on April 8th and the word “aid” was removed from the description of the ship, with the following footnote added to the report.

Aid ship

Whilst additional amendments would have contributed to bringing this report and others into line with the standards of accuracy demanded by the BBC Editorial Guidelines, this is nevertheless a (small) step in the right direction. 

It would of course be useful to members of the general public considering making a complaint – and hence help to conserve publicly funded BBC resources – were such corrections routinely published on a dedicated page on the BBC News website. Currently, the BBC’s ‘Corrections and Clarifications‘ page does not fill that function.

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