BBC website replaces image after communication from CAMERA UK

On the afternoon of September 30th the BBC News website published a report titled “Coronavirus: Israel passes law to ban mass protests during lockdown” on its ‘Middle East’ page.

The main image originally used to illustrate that report showed a demonstrator holding a placard with a quote allegedly from Thomas Jefferson.

CAMERA UK wrote to the BBC News website pointing out that there is no evidence that Jefferson ever made that statement and suggesting that, in light of the BBC’s self-appointed role as an exposer of disinformation, it was not the best choice of image to illustrate the report.

Although we did not receive a reply, the image was subsequently replaced.


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  1. says: Sid

    This is due to the BBC staff in Israel- who follow the old age practice of DISTORTING the news to suit their own personal political agendas!

  2. says: Nigel Blumenthal

    I’m afraid I don’t read Hebrew well enough to read the sign that the demonstrator is carrying, but has anyone checked that this replacement photo is genuine, and portrays what the caption claims?

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