BBC News amends errors in election candidate profile

Following communication from BBC Watch, a misleading headline was rewritten.

An article originally titled “Benny Gantz: The ex-Israeli general challenging Netanyahu” appeared in the ‘features’ section of the BBC News website’s Middle East page on the morning of April 5th.

As BBC Watch pointed out in an email to the BBC News website and in a Tweet, that headline was misleading:

Shortly afterwards the headline was amended to read “Benny Gantz: The Israeli ex-military chief challenging Netanyahu”.

The article originally stated:

“The 51-year-old retired lieutenant-general is a newcomer to politics who formed the centrist Blue and White alliance in February, promising to unite a country that had “lost its way”.

Mr Gantz was born in 1959 in Kfar Ahim, a co-operative farmers’ village in central Israel founded by immigrants.”

A Twitter user posed an obvious question:

The BBC News website subsequently amended that error too.


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