23 September 5771
Just Journalism reported yesterday on the BBC online coverage of the violence in East Jerusalem, which started after a security guard shot and killed a Palestinian man. The BBC’s initial account ignored Israeli reports that ‘the guard encountered a preplanned ambush which put his life in danger, prompting him to open fire’ (Ynet), and even an updated version concentrated on tensions caused by settler activity, rather than emphasizing the trigger incident. The broadsheet coverage today has similarly downplayed the initial incident.
Articles in The Guardian, The Financial Times and The Independent gave the story great attention, whilst in The Times, the report on the violence was absorbed into coverage of the peace talks. Notably, the three broadsheets that wrote articles just on the violence failed to give credence to the Israeli reports of the shootings.
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