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May 28, 2014

CAMERA Prompts Improved AP Coverage of Temple Mount Clash

An Associated Press news story early today about Temple Mount disturbances failed to adequately address the basic five questions that news stories are supposed to cover: who, what, where, when and how. The article reported:

ap Temple Mount Jerusalem Day.jpg

Who were the masked protesters? Arabs? Jews? The article doesn't say.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted earlier today:

Micky Rosenfeld Temple Mount.jpg

Haaretz clearly identifies the protesters ("Israeli police clash with Arab protesters"):

The Israeli police officer was lightly wounded by a rock thrown by masked Arab protesters at the Temple Mount.

(Also, the Haaretz story, which was published after the AP story, reports on injuries among the demonstrators and police.)

Following communication from CAMERA's Israel office, AP editors commendably refiled the story, and included the key piece of information about who was involved in this incident:

AP Temple Mount clash.jpg

By contacting wire services during the very same news cycle in which a flawed story first appears, CAMERA proactively works to ensure more accurate and informative coverage in newspapers around the world.

For AP corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.

Posted by TS at May 28, 2014 06:18 AM


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