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DPA Corrects Inflated Figure For Gaza's Population


CAMERA's Jerusalem office yesterday prompted correction of a Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA) photo caption which grossly overstated the Gaza Strip's population to "around three million." The German wire service's English-language caption had originally erred:
Young men sell vegetables on the street in Gaza, Palestinian Territories, 20 November 2017. Around three million inhabitants have suffered for years from polluted water, massive power cuts and a high unemployment rate.
 
The population of the Gaza Strip is less than 2 million, not "around three million." According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the Gaza Strip's population (as of July 2017) is 1.94 million. According to the CIA World Factbook, as of July 2017, the population is almost 1.8 million.
 
In response to communication from CAMERA, DPA editors immediately corrected the figure. The corrected caption, which was distributed by both the Associated Press and Agence France Presse photo services, now refers to "[a]round three million inhabitants."
 

CAMERA commends DPA for the timely correction.
 
Additional DPA corrections prompted by CAMERA are available here.
 
This post was updated at 8:07 am EST to include information about the Associated Press.

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