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AFP, Haaretz Amend Reference to Syrian, Palestinian Flag


An important update follows this article.
 
CAMERA's Israel office today prompts correction of a photo caption in Haaretz's English web site which wrongly identified a Palestinian flag in the hands of a pro-Assad regime fighter in Aleppo as Syrian.
 
The erroneous photo caption (screen shot follows) stated: "A member of the Syrian pro-government forces walks holding a Syrian flag in the old city of Aleppo on Dec. 13 2016 after they captured the area."
 

 
The caption accompanies a photograph from Agence France Presse. AFP's caption, as it appears in AFP's photo archive (screen shot below), correctly* identified the flag as Palestinian.
 
 
Following communication from CAMERA staff, Haaretz editors promptly corrected the caption. It now correctly identifies the flag as Palestinian.
 

 
For additional Haaretz corrections prompted by CAMERA and Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew department, please see here.
 
Update: After further examination of AFP's photo and caption, it appears that the flag is neither a Syrian flag nor even a Palestinian flag, but rather a Baathist flag, which is identical in design and color to the Palestinian flag.
 
Dec. 15 Update: After communication from CAMERA, AFP corrected its caption so that it no longer describes a Palestinian flag.

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