18 September '16..
[ATTRIBUTIVE] Said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality. en.oxforddictionaries.com
While Ma'an purports itself to be a professional news agency, their repetitive, and intentional use of the word alleged throughout much of their reportage, certainly could leave one to wonder. Perhaps the more appropriate usage of the word would be in describing Ma'an as an alleged news agency?
A case in point, a September 16th piece, updated on the 17th, entitled, Israeli army increases presence in Hebron in wake of alleged attacks, where two examples in particular stand out.
The raid on the village came after Israeli forces shot dead Fares Moussa Muhammad Khaddour, 18, while critically wounding his fiance Ragdad Khaddour, also 18, both residents of Bani Naim, after the two allegedly carried out a car ramming attack at the Elias junction near the illegal Israeli Kiryat Arba settlement outside of Hebron’s Old City.
Notwithstanding the fact that the title from the earlier Ma'an piece specific to the car ramming implied otherwise,
Palestinian shot dead, another injured in Hebron after car ramming attack
as well as the accompanying photo.
On Saturday morning, Israeli forces also shot dead 25-year-old Hatim Abd al-Hafeeth Shaludi in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack.
All things considered, referring to Ma'an, as an Alleged News Agency, would all in all, be a much better fit for this much over-used and abused word.
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