CBC Doubles Gaza Death Toll

February 20, 2009

In a February 18 report on CBC online entitled ?Lifting of Gaza blockade depends on abducted soldier's release: Israel?, the following egregious mistake was reported: ?The conflict between Israel and Hamas earlier this year killed roughly 3,000 Palestinians, say Palestinian officials. Israeli officials say 13 Israelis, including four soldiers, were killed.?

Contrary to this statement, it is believed that only 1,300 Palestinians were killed, a majority of whom were Hamas terrorists. This CBC report overstated the death toll by a shocking 1,700 people.

In light of the severity of this error, HonestReporting Canada immediately contacted CBC editors and requested an urgent formal apology to correct this serious mistake. The following correction was promptly issued by CBC the following day:

 CBC correction

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