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DPA, AP Correct: Lebanon, not Libya, Borders Israel


Much has been said lately about a changing Middle East, but those changes do not include a wholesale reshuffling of countries' locations. Nevertheless, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) photo captions earlier this week, distributed also by the Associated Press, remapped the Middle East, placing Libya on Israel's northern border in place of Lebanon. Following communication from CAMERA's Israel office, the news agencies set the record straight and restored the Middle East map to its correct configuration.
 
The erroneous photo captions follow:
 

 
Otorhinolaryngologist Ejal Sela stands in an underground room of the Galilee Medical Center in Naharija [sic], Israel, 1 March 2017. Injured Syrians wait for the nex [sic] treatment in the hospital which is partially under ground and bomb-proof due to the close-by Libyan border. Photo by Stefanie J'rkel/picture alliance/dpa/AP Images
 
An underground room in the Galilee Medical Center in Naharija [sic], Israel, 1 March 2017. Injured Syrians wait for their nex [sic] treatment in the hospital which is partially under ground and bomb-proof due to the close-by Libyan border. Photo by Stefanie J'rkel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
 
View of the Galilee Medical Center in Naharija [sic], Israel, 1 March 2017. Injured Syrians wait for the nex [sic] treatment in the hospital which is partially under ground and bomb-proof due to the close-by Libyan border. Photo by Stefanie J'rkel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP images
 
In response to communication from CAMERA, DPA, a German news agency, and AP quickly fixed the captions. One of the amended captions is labeled as a correction. It states:
 
(CAPTION Correction CORRECTS NAME OF BORDER IN 2nd SENTENCE) The border mentioned in the second sentence in the pictures sent to you on 03 March 2017 via FTP was wrongly identified as Libyan. The correct name of the border is Lebanese rpt. Lebanese. We will resend the picture with the correct version of the caption. We apologize for any inconvenience. With kind regards dpa-i desk. . .
 
The remaining erroneous captions are also corrected in the AP archive, and now refer to the "close-by Lebanese border" as opposed to the "close-by Libyan border." 
 
Otorhinolaryngologist Ejal Sela stands in an underground room of the Galilee Medical Center in Naharija [sic], Israel, 1 March 2017. Injured Syrians wait for the next treatment in the hospital which is partially under ground and bomb-proof due to the close-by Lebanese border. Photo by Stefanie J'rkel/picture alliance/dpa/AP Images
 
View of the Galilee Medical Center in Naharija [sic], Israel, 1 March 2017. Injured Syrians wait for the next treatment in the hospital which is partially under ground and bomb-proof due to the close-by Lebanese border. Photo by Stefanie J'rkel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP images
 
For additional AP corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.

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