Accuracy and accountability are among the most important tenets of journalism. In combination, they mean media organizations are expected to publish or broadcast forthright corrections after sharing inaccurate information. The following corrections are among the many prompted by CAMERA’s communication with reporters and editors.
Numerous AFP and Reuters photo captions today misidentify a Hamas site hit overnight in an Israeli airstrike as an "under-construction seaport" even as Hamas has acknowledged the site as a base. Update: AFP and Reuters amend their captions.
CAMERA prompts correction after AFP that Jerusalem became a city sacred to Jews during the Muslim conquest in the seventh century. In fact, the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem came some 1500 years after the city gained its holy status in Judaism and centuries after it became holy in Christianity.
CAMERA prompts correction after an AFP story about Mehdi Nemmouche, accused of killing four in the 2014 terror attack at a Brussels Jewish museum, opened with a description of him as a "'very polite' Frenchman."
An AFP article today falsely depicts the destruction of a Beersheba home, which this morning suffered a direct hit from a rocket fired from Gaza, as limited to "damage to the garden of the family home." CAMERA prompts correction.
When the Israeli army disputed Hamas' account which blamed Israel for the death of 12-year-old Shady Abdel-Aal, AP rose to the journalistic challenge with accurate coverage. Reuters responsibly corrected when presented with information contradicting Hamas. AFP, in contrast, has yet to correct even as Hamas itself has backtracked.
CAMERA's Israel office has prompted multiple media outlets, including Agence France Presse, Flash 90 (an Israeli photo service), and Times of Israel, to amend captions which had falsely characterized serial arsonists from Gaza as "activists."
CAMERA prompts Newsweek and AFP corrections after they wrongly reported that a bill, now shelved, would have allowed for Israel's expropriation of church lands. In fact, it would have allowed for the expropriation of land that the church sold to private investors.