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.
"What does it show?" Reuters Handbook of Journalism says captions must answer this question. Why then have Reuters captions repeatedly whitewashed Palestinian attacks against Israelis as "incidents," not even stating that an attack took place?
Months after the Hamas-run Ministry of Health removed Laila al-Ghandour from the list of fatalities it blames on Israel, a caption in Reuters' Pictures of the Year 2018 falsely claims the infant died from inhaling tear gas at the Gaza border with Israel. In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters corrects.
By repeating up the language of Turkey's state-run media organization, the New York Times also repeated three errors about a clash along Gaza's border with Israel.
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.
AP photo captions mislead with critical omissions: Israel identified a reported cultural center bombed in Gaza as a Hamas facility. Also, Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized protesters not only for waving Palestinian flags but also for chanting, "With blood and fire, we will redeem Palestine."
Agence France Presse captions identify a site hit by Israel's air force as a "tourist resort" in Khan Yunis, Gaza. The army spokesman tells CAMERA: it's a training facility for Hamas' naval commando unit.
UPDATE, June 8: Reuters Posts Original Photos, Continuing to Justify Itself. Reuters, long faulted by CAMERA for its photographic bias, and the first news agency shown to be guilty of "fauxtography," has been exposed yet again!
If any of the victims in the recent Palestinian/Israeli fighting deserved especially sympathetic media coverage, surely it would be 10-month-old Shalhevet Pas, shot dead in her baby carriage on March 26 by a Palestinian sniper, while her father, who was wounded in the attack, and her mother, watched in horror.