UKMW prompts correction to misleading Financial Times headline

We emailed Financial Times editors, noting that the original headline of the article misled readers into believing that Dubai leads the Middle East in start-ups. Of course, Israel leads in this category. Editors agreed, and revised the headline.

Yesterday, we posted about an article at Financial Times (pay wall) with a headline that read:

Dubai leads Middle East in start-ups, local rivals rush to follow”.

We tweeted this.

We emailed editors, noting (per our tweet) that five paragraphs down in the article, it becomes clear that Israel was not included in the report which ranked Dubai first in Mid-East start-ups.  Of course, Israel leads the Mid-East in start-ups, and in fact has the fifth largest number of startup companies in the world.  So, the headline’s claim that “Dubai leads the Middle East in start-ups” is simply not accurate.

Editors agreed, and revised the headline thusly to accurately note that Dubai only leads the Arab Middle East.

Editors added the following addendum:

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