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Photos and Captions

by Mike Fegelman
  • February 13, 2019: After HRC Complaint, Toronto Star Publishes Article About Terror Attack in Israel
  • May 29, 2018: HRC Prompts CBC News to Publish Photo of Palestinian Mortar Attack on Israeli Kindergarten
  • April 13, 2018: Canadian Media Correct Misleading Photos of Syrian Chemical Attack Victims Linked to Israeli Airstrike
  • CBC.ca: November 7, 2011: HonestReporting Canada wrote to CBC editors on November 6 to draw their attention to a misleading photo showing a person killed from an Israeli airstrike being wheeled to a hospital that was inside an article about the flotilla. We argued that the photo was inappropriate, inaccurate, and uncontextualized. CB.ca editors replied: “While the caption for the photo was correct, I agree that a reader who hadn’t read the caption carefully could misunderstand what it was depicting. We have consequently removed the photo.”
  • Le Devoir, July 18 2008: A photo of Samir Kuntar and Hassan Nasrallah was accompanied by the caption “Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.” Editor apologized for the mistake.
  • Montreal Metro News, May 7 2009: Clarification: “Under a photo entitled “Middle East: Historic Week” published on page 12 of our April 27 edition, it should have read: A Palestinian woman walks in front of a poster protesting against the Israeli operation in December and January in the Gaza Strip during an event organized by Hamas to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the Nakba.
  • Toronto Star, June 2008: Incorrect caption published with photos of Palestinians: While trying to flee from the Gaza Strip, Palestinians were wounded in a gun battle between Israeli troops and Palestinians militants near the Erez Crossing. The June 20 caption, under a photograph of the wounded, was incorrect. Correction issued.
  • Toronto Sun, February 15 2008: According to a Toronto Sun editor: “Thank you for your letter. Your concern about the use of language in the caption is well founded. The words “Israeli apartheid” should have been in quote marks, as they were in the story, or otherwise attributed. I have alerted our copy desk to this fact and reminded them it is always our goal to be fair and accurate in such cases. Photographer Alex Yurosevic, of course, only took the picture but did not write the caption. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.”
  • CBC Online, Aug 14 2007: CBC’s “IN DEPTH: Middle East in Crisis” section, created specially for the Israel-Lebanon crisis, opened with a picture of a Beirut neighbourhood flattened by Israeli bombs. After complaints, CBC replaced the image with one of Israeli soldiers embracing one another.” Correction issued.
  • Globe and Mail, May 9 2006: Photo caption lacked context, see before and after showing the results of HRC intervention. Before: “Palestinian mourners react during the funeral of Moussa Qarmout, a militant from the Popular Resistance Committee, at the family house in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.” After, May 14 2006: “ Palestinian mourners react during the funeral of Moussa Qarmout, a militant from the Popular Resistance Committee, at the family house in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya. Qarmout is one of two militants killed on Sunday, when Israeli soldiers opened fire on the two who were carrying an explosive device near the Gaza-Israel border fence near the vital Erez crossing, the military said. The explosive detonated, apparently killing both of them.”
  • Toronto Sun, February 26, 2006: Correction: “A wire services brief that appeared in Monday’s Sun incorrectly attributed comments regarding possible truce talks with Israel made by Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh to President Mahmoud Abbas.”

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