Israel considers revoking press cards of outlets that give ‘distorted headlines’
The head of Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO), Nitzan Chen, said Wednesday that Israel will consider revoking GPO cards from international media outlets that give distorted headlines about attacks on Israelis.
Chen’s comments came after a combined shooting and stabbing attack by Arab terrorists at Jerusalem’s Damascus gate entrance to the Old City killed one female police officer and injured a second.
In a Facebook post, Chen wrote that “earlier today [Wednesday] CBS gave headline to Jerusalem terror attack: ‘3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on’.”
“This time we won’t sit in silence, we’ll consider revoking press cards from journalists and editors who are neglectful in their jobs, and give headlines that are the opposite from the reality,” he wrote.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry denounced the headline as “outrageous, biased and incorrect.”
Following Foreign Ministry, PMO and GPO pressure, the headline was changed to “Israeli police kill 3 Palestinian attackers,” and later to “Palestinians attack 2 Israeli officers before being killed.”
This is not the first time during the latest round of Arab terror attacks that Israel has criticized international media outlets for showing bias with their headlines.
Chen issued a stern warning to the BBC in October following outrage over the station’s online coverage of a deadly terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which two people were killed and three more, including a toddler, were injured.
The terrorist – a 19-year-old law student and Islamic Jihad member, stabbed to death 21-year-old Aharon Benita and critically wounded his wife. The couples 2-year-old son was also hurt in the attack.
An additional man, Nehemia Lavi, who rushed to the family’s help, was also killed.
The terrorist then grabbed Lavi’s gun and opened fire on nearby police, who shot him to death.
The BBC however, ran its initial story regarding the attack with a headline which read “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.”
Following outrage over the inaccurate depiction of events on social media, the channel later changed its headline to “Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City.”