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Complainant Name:
Mr Simon Plosker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Financial Times


Mr Simon Plosker complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's rendering of a statement made by Hamas was misleading. Hamas had claimed to have killed 1,365 "Zionist soldiers", but the newspaper had reported it had claimed to have killed 1,365 "Israeli soldiers". This would mislead readers into understanding the figure represented solely the number of military deaths; in fact, it reflected both civilian and military deaths. The error implied that Hamas killed only soldiers.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

Hamas' bellicose statement in December about its violent attacks since 1987 claimed that the Islamist movement had killed 1365 "Zionist" soldiers, rather than "Israeli" soldiers as reported. The figure appears to have referred to both civilian and military casualties (Uprisings steer Hamas to path of non-violence, Dec 20)

Date Published: 14/03/2012

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