Success! Globe and Mail Amends Article After HRC Complaint

April 4, 2013

A commentary published March 31 on the Globe’s website entitled: “Deserted by old allies, Cyprus and Israel should sell gas to Turkey” incorrectly stated:

“Israel is the other statelet which was forced by its big American friend to eat humble pie, apologise to Turkey and offer compensation for the killing of nine Turkish citizens in 2010 when Israeli commandos attacked a vessel bringing aid to Gaza.” 

There was, however, was no humanitarian aid on board the Mavi Marmara. It was a passenger vessel which, Israel did not “attack”, but rather interdicted while enforcing a maritime blockade of Hamas-run Gaza. The violence that ensued came about when the Turkish activists tried to lynch the Israeli soldiers.

We contacted editors at the Globe who commendably issued an amendment following our intervention. Importantly, our work ensured that this error wasn’t carried in the following day’s print edition. The online article now features the following editor’s note at the bottom:

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected. The vessel on which the Turkish citizens were killed was carrying only passengers and it was not attacked. 

Additionally, the new article refers to an Israeli “raid” not an “attack” and says that the flotilla, not the marmara had aid: “Israel is the other statelet which was forced by its big American friend to eat humble pie, apologise to Turkey and offer compensation for the killing of nine Turkish citizens in 2010 when Israeli commandos raided a vessel that was part of a flotilla bringing aid to Gaza.

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