Guardian corrects misleading headline on arrested Israeli footballer

The Guardian upheld our complaint and amended a headline accompanying a Jan. 14 article on the arrest, by Turkish authorities, of Israeli footballer Sagiv Jehezkel after he displayed a message in solidarity with the hostages in recognition of their 100th day in captivity.

Here’s the original headline of the piece, attributed to staff and agencies.

We pointed out to editors that the article itself reported that the message in question, on a bandage on his left wrist, which read “100 days. 07/10”, was clearly intended to convey his sympathy for the 130 hostages, and was not a “war message”. Editors replied, acknowledging the error, and amended it thusly:

The following editor’s note at the bottom of the article acknowledging the correction was also added:

The Guardian’s follow-up article noting Jehezkel’s release and return home to Israel also had an appropriate headline, noting the hostage-related message he displayed.

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