CAMERA Prompts Improvement at Reuters

In response to communication from CAMERA staff, Reuters has updated a feature article by Cynthia Johnston to correct the misinformation that the Gaza Stip is the most densely populated place on earth. The original and improved versions of the report, entitled “In Gaza, Palestinians pitch tents to claim land,” follow:

Error (Reuters, Cynthia Johnston, 10/19/05): In October, the Authority broke ground on a project funded by the United Arab Emirates to build apartment towers for poor or homeless people in the coastal strip, which is the most densely populated place on earth and home to 1.4 million people.

Correction (Updated story, 10/23/05): In October, the Authority broke ground on a project funded by the United Arab Emirates to build apartment towers for poor or homeless people in the coastal strip, which is among the most densely populated places on earth and home to 1.4 million people.

CAMERA notes that according to the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005, the population per sq. mile for 2003 in the Gaza Strip is 8,666. Gaza is less densely populated than numerous places around the world, including Monaco (41,608), Singapore (17,751), Gibraltar (11,990), Hong Kong (17,833), and especially Macau, which is nearly ten times more densely populated than the Gaza Strip (71,466).

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