Earlier, we tweeted this to journalist Caroline Mortimer in response to her article published today (Sept. 14th) at the Independent titled “US agrees to give Israel $38bn in military aid despite tensions over Iran deal and West Bank settlements policy”.
— UK Media Watch (@UKMediaWatch) September 14, 2016
We also were among those who logged an official complaint at the Indy.
A couple of hours later, they corrected the sentence, and replaced Tel Aviv with Israel.
Interestingly, this represents at least the fourth such British media correction this year to a false claim regarding Tel Aviv’s status.
- In August, UK Media Watch prompted a correction to a Guardian report which included a sentence suggesting to readers that Tel Aviv was Israel’s capital.
- In June, UK Media Watch prompted a correction to a Times of London article which twice used “Tel Aviv” as a synonym for Israel’s capital.
- In March, UK Media Watch prompted a correction at the Daily Mirror in an article which explicitly referred to Tel Aviv as the nation’s capital.
- UK Media Watch prompts Guardian correction to claim Tel Aviv is Israeli capital (ukmediawatch.org)
- What the Guardian can teach the Czech Ministry of Education about Israel (ukmediawatch.org)
- Guardian writer claims Google excluding Palestine to please customers. (ukmediawatch.org)