How the British media have covered news regarding Omar Misharawi’s death


newspapers2We recently noted that on March 12 the Guardian’s media blogger Roy Greenslade corrected his erroneous Nov 15 report (a day after the start of the Gaza war) that an Israeli missile killed the 11-month old son of BBC Arabic journalist Jihad Misharawi, Omar, as well as Jihad’s sister-in-law. (Misharawi’s brother also later died of wounds suffered in the blast.)

Greenslade, as with journalists at numerous other news outlets over the past week, noted in his new report that on March 6 the UN issued an advance version of its report on the war which concluded that Misharawi was likely killed by an errant Palestinian missile, not by the IDF. (This information in the report was first discovered by Elder of Ziyonwho also was one of the few bloggers who critically examined initial reports in the MSM blaming Israel for Misharawi’s death.)

Additionally, the Guardian published an AP report on March 12, ‘UN report suggests Palestinian rocket killed baby in Gaza‘, which went into detail about the new information which contradicted the “widely believed story behind an image that became a symbol of what Palestinians said was Israeli aggression.”

Thus far, the Guardian still hasn’t corrected a Nov. 15 report by Paul Owen and Tom McCarthy, ‘Gaza Twitter war intensifies over pictures of infant casualties‘, which included the heartbreaking photo of Misharawi as well as the following text:

Pictures emerged of BBC cameraman Jihad Misharawi’s 11-month-old son Omar, who was killed on Wednesday during an Israeli attack. Misharawi’s sister-in-law also died in the strike on Gaza City, and his brother was seriously injured.

Though the damage done by the now iconic image of Misharawi ‘clutching his slain child wrapped in a shroud can not be ameliorated by even the clearest retractions, it’s important nonetheless that the media be held accountable to report new information which comes to light contradicting their previous version of events.

Whilst you can of course find out how the BBC covered the news at our sister site, BBC Watch, here’s a quick round-up of how others in the British media performed:

The Telegraph:

On Nov. 15, they published ‘Baby son of BBC worker killed in Gaza strike‘ which included the photo of Misharawi, and this passage:

Jihad Misharawi, who is employed by BBC Arabic, lost his 11-month-old baby Omar. Mr Misharawi’s brother was also seriously injured when his house was struck in the Israeli operation and his sister-in-law was killed.

 Additionally, a Nov. 15 Telegraph Live Blog post on the Gaza war included this passage:

Jihad Misharawi, who is employed by BBC Arabic, lost his 11-month-old baby Omar. His brother was also seriously injured when his house was struck in the Israeli operation and his sister-in-law was killed.

Corrections:

None.

Daily Mail:

On Nov. 15, they published a sensationalist piece by David Williams titled ‘What did my son do to die like this?’Anguish of BBC journalist as he cradles the body of his baby son who died in Israeli rocket attack on Gaza‘, which included multiple photos of Misharawi with his baby and the following passages:

“Tiny Omar…died after an Israeli airstrike on Hamas militants in Gaza.

Masharawi had arrived at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital after Omar suffered severe burns in an airstrike that sent shrapnel tearing into his home killing a woman and leaving his brother and uncle critically injured.

Corrections:

None.

Spectator:

David Blackburn published a piece titled Israel’s public relations problem‘ which included the image of Misharawi with his baby, as well as the following passage:

The front page of today’s Washington Post shows a picture of the BBC’s Jihad Masharawi holding his dead 11-month-old son, an innocent victim of Israeli action against Hamas’ paramilitary targets following months of indiscriminate rocket attacks against civilians in southern Israel*

Corrections:

The piece has now been updated, per the asterisk, and includes the following at the bottom:

*Since this article was published, a United Nations investigation has found that the incident described by the Washington Post was caused by the shortfall of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants at targets in Israel.

The Sun

On Nov. 15 The Sun published ‘The Innocents: Beeb journalist’s son dead, another hurt..babies hit as Gaza war looms, by Nick Parker, which included a photo of Misharawi and his baby, and this passage:

Omar was one of at least 15 Palestinians killed in air strikes as Israel retaliated over the Hamas missiles.

Corrections:

None.

The Independent:

On Nov. 15 The Independent published a piece by Amol Rojan titled ’11-month-old son of BBC picture editor is killed in Gaza air strike‘.  The relevant passages in the report are a bit vague, and only suggest causation, but the title alone, informing readers that Omar was killed by an airstrike, clearly implies Israel was to blame.

Corrections:

The Indy has published two corrections: One by Alistair Dawber on March 12 titled ‘UN clears Israel and says errant Hamas rocket probably killed baby in Gaza‘, and a second shorter piece on the same day titled ‘Hamas rocket killed baby in Gaza’.

The Times:

On Nov. 15 The Times published ‘Israelis turn on officials after three die in Hamas strike’, by Sheera Frenkel (behind paywall). Here is the relevant passage:

One of the Palestinian dead was Ahmed Masharawi, the 11-month-old baby son of Jihad Masharawi, a picture editor for the BBC’s Arabic Service. An Israeli missile hit the family’s home in Gaza City, and Ahmed was pronounced dead in Shifa Hospital

On Nov. 16 The Times published ‘Tel Aviv within reach of Hamas rockets’, by Sheera Frenkel, (behind paywall).  Here are the relevant passages.

Meanwhile Israeli tanks, drones, Apache helicopters, warplanes and gunboats were firing into the densely populated Palestinian territory where so far 13 Palestinians, including seven militants and two children, are confirmed to have died and more than 100 to have been injured.

One of the Palestinian dead was Ahmed Masharawi, the 11-month-old baby son of Jihad Masharawi, a picture editor for the BBC’s Arabic Service. An Israeli missile hit the family’s home in Gaza City, and Ahmed was pronounced dead in Shifa Hospital

Corrections:

None.

 

32 comments on “How the British media have covered news regarding Omar Misharawi’s death

  1. It is quite easy to contact the Daily Mail to request a correction about an inaccuracy in an article. If enough Cifwatchers contact their Readers’ Editor it may well result in a correction. Here are the details:

    ‘Clarifications and corrections

    If you wish to report an inaccuracy please write to the Readers’ Editor, Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5tt or email corrections@dailymail.co.uk

  2. Have to say, as poorly as the British media performed on this, The Commentator deserves a favourable mention

  3. “*Since this article was published, a United Nations investigation has found that the incident described by the Washington Post was caused by the shortfall of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants at targets in Israel.”

    Militants? Targets in Israel? What were those targets?
    The militants are terrorists. Even in a correction the media can’t tell it like it is.

    • “The militants are terrorists. Even in a correction the media can’t tell it like it is.”

      So true. The media tiptoes on eggshells around Islamic terrorists, terrified of calling them what they are. No doubt soon they will demonstrate a reluctance even to call them “militants,” now that so many people have realised what the agenda is here and that the word is simply an appeasing code for terrorists.

      Watch out for the media starting to call them “fighters,” and leaving it at that.

    • Exactly. Firing missiles at civilian targets = terrorists.

      “Militants” sounds like they dictate whether other people pour their milk in before or after the tea.

  4. The media has a long history of pro-Palestinian propaganda while “reporting” on Gaza. Alan Johnston was a polished propagandist for the BBC while he was based in Gaza.

    I recall a “report” he did on a teenage girl killed during fighting between the IDF and Gaza terrorists. She had been struck by a bullet while sitting in the family home. In his awful, whispery drawl, Johnston dwelt on the father’s anger against the Israelis and the family’s anguish but nowhere did he provide any info on how the family knew that it was an Israeli bullet and not a Palestinian bullet that killed the girl.

    Of course, if Johnston had demonstrated any balance in his reporting he wouldn’t have lasted ten minutes in Gaza.

  5. I see in today’s Daily Telegraph that Lord Ahmed claims there was a ‘Jewish conspiracy’ in his trial. Elsewhere, Prince Charles is taking private Arabic lessons.

    I wonder how/if The Guardian will report these interesting news items?
    We should be told!

  6. Only because the Labour Party suspended him was it newsworthy.
    Meanwhile, the Prince’s predilections are no doubt praiseworthy but the fact that his mother has never set foot in the Holy Land is generally forgotten.
    Modern Jerusalem is too Jewish for the Church of England, it would seem.

      • Absolutely agree. The difference is that the Labor Party supposed to be against racism.

          • And at least Labour have taken swift action against Ahmed, and kicked out Galloway. Remember how many times Tonge had to offend before the Lib Dems even recognised there might be the possibility of an issue?

            • Yes and supported Ken “the Jews are rich so won’t vote for me anyway” Livingstone; tolerating Corbyn and Kaufman like “anti-Zionistss” openly supporting Hamas. They kicked out Galloway because:
              · he incited Arabs to fight British troops
              · he incited British troops to defy orders
              · he incited Plymouth voters to reject Labour MPs,
              · he threatened to stand against Labour
              His expulsion has nothing to do with his anti-Semitism.
              All of the British political parties are tolerating the most vilest anti-Semitism, maybe their reasons are different but obviously they are exactly the same shit.
              Anyway my favorite is the Green Clare Short alleging that Israel undermines international fight against GW.

              • Anyway my favorite is the Green Clare Short alleging that Israel undermines international fight against GW

                But she never actually said that, did she?

                • Thank you for proving (again) your naivete, cluelessness and ignorance Pretzel.
                  She also told the conference that Israel is “much worse than the original apartheid state” and that Israel “undermines the international community’s reaction to global warming”.[31][32]
                  31^ Anthony Julius (2010). Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England. Oxford University Press. p. 752
                  32 ^ Robert S. Wistrich (2010). A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6097-9. p. 541

                  Next time before asking inane questions maybe you should check the basics on the Internet

                • @ peterthehungarian

                  She never said that.

                  Thank you for proving your naivete, cluelessness and ignorance.

                • I see you have some very serious difficulties to read und understand simple English language sentences so I repeat:
                  She also told the conference that Israel is “much worse than the original apartheid state” and that Israel “undermines the international community’s reaction to global warming

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