HRC Prompts Ottawa Citizen Correction: Israeli PM Not Indicted

April 8, 2019

On April 3, the Ottawa Citizen published a column by Professor Andrew Cohen who erroneously wrote the following: “In Israel, the indicted prime minister makes alliances with racists. In Italy, the right rises.”

While Mr. Cohen is entitled to his own views, he’s not entitled to his own facts. Benjamin Netanyahu has not been indicted as this USA Today/AP article confirms.

While Netanyahu proclaims his innocence, Israel’s attorney general said “… he intends to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges pending a final hearing.”

The AP article goes on to state that “The final decision on indictment will only take place after a hearing, where the prime minister can defend himself. That process could take many months and be completed long after the elections.”

In response to HonestReporting Canada’s complaint, the Citizen issued the following correction on April 9 and amended this column online:

This correction was also published in the London Free Press on April 9.


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