Toronto Star Amends Headline to Acknowledge that Two Palestinians Were Killed After Stabbing Israelis

October 14, 2015

In the interests of fairness and accuracy, HRC asked the Toronto Star to amend the following headline featured on its website on October 10:

Our concern with this headline is that it doesn’t fully explain that the two dead Palestinians were actually the ones who committed the stabbing attacks. Readers may not fully understand this as the emphasis was placed on how the Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli police. In sharp contrast, the Star’s print version sub-headline says the Palestinians were killed “after stabbing Israelis” and the lead paragraph says the Palestinians carried out two “stabbing attacks”:

We are pleased to note that the Toronto Star agreed to amend this misleading headline which we felt didn’t fully explain that the two dead Palestinians were actually the ones who committed the stabbing attacks against Israelis.

The headline now states the following:

As well, an editors note acknowledges the Star’s amendment: “Note – October 13, 2015: The headline on this article was edited from a previous version.”

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