We recently noted that the Indy was one of three British media outlets which failed to cover the two recent Palestinian terror attacks that claimed the lives of three Israelis – Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, Ziv Hajbi, and Ari Fuld – but did find time to report on other Israel related stories.
By contrast, the Indy on Saturday night was quick to publish a story about a rock-throwing attack in the West Bank that claimed the life of a Palestinian woman – an attack, relatives claim, was carried out by settlers. However, not only did the Indy jump on the story, but immediately pronounced the settlers guilty, despite the fact that the incident is still under investigation and there aren’t any suspects.
Here’s our tweet to the Indy journalist, Samuel Osborne.
It may end up being true, but right now the claim that a settler threw the rock that killed a Palestinian woman is merely that, a claim – one that police are investigating.
Yet, the headline and opening sentence report the claim as if it's a fact. Why? pic.twitter.com/ic9FKnHIYK
— UK Media Watch (@UKMediaWatch) October 13, 2018
Here’s the opening sentence of the Oct. 14th article:
However, as other media outlets made clear, claims are based on testimony by the victim’s relatives who didn’t actually see the perpetrators.
Note Reuters’ far more careful and accurate headline on the incident:
Here’s Reuters’ equally cautious opening sentence:
Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank, after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their car with rocks.
Though the Shin Bet has opened an investigation into the incident, and the accusations may ultimately turn out to be true, to report that the settlers are guilty as if it’s an established fact is inconsistent with the accuracy clause of the Editors’ Code, which requires that media outlets “distinguish clearly between…conjecture and fact”.
We’ve filed a complaint with Indy editors.
- BBC listeners get more unchallenged UNRWA narrative (BBC Watch)
- For 2nd time in 3 weeks, Times of London, Telegraph & Indy ignore deadly terror attack (UK Media Watch)
- Anti-Zionist conspiracy theories reach the mainstream (CAMERA)