At 2:50 pm Israeli time, the Independent published an article with the following headline:
Here was the opening sentence:
Israel’s cabinet has approved a controversial bill to allow cameras at polling stations during national elections, a move critics have suggested is aimed at lowering Arab turnout.
However, as we pointed out in a tweet to the journalist, and in a complaint to editors, that story was not accurate. More than an hour before the Indy published this piece, the Israeli media was reporting that the bill had been defeated in committee. In fact, Israeli journalists were tweeting about this fact two hours before the Indy piece went live.
Cameras bill won’t even be brought to a vote https://t.co/fXGrJw7dXD
— Lahav Harkov (@LahavHarkov) September 9, 2019
Shortly after our complaint, the Indy updated the article to accurately reflect he status of the legislation:
Here’s the new opening sentence:
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed in a bid to allow cameras at polling stations during national elections, a move critics suggested was aimed at lowering Arab turnout.
This post originally appeared at CAMERA’s UK Media Watch.