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Complainant Name:
Mr Brian Lux

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Mr Brian Lux complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The complainant said it was not the case that the activists aboard the Mavi Marmara - boarded by Israel Defence Forces in 2010 - were ‘unarmed'.


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

We referred (Israeli spy operation betrayed by the Turks, October 18) to ‘Israel's killing of nine unarmed Turkish activists' aboard the Mavi Marmara, a vessel attempting to break the blockade of Gaza in May 2012. While the September 11 Report of the United Nations Panel of Inquiry into the incident found ‘no evidence...that any of the deceased were armed with lethal weapons', it accepted that the Israel Defence Force personnel boarding the vessel ‘faced significant, organised and violent resistance from a group of passengers...armed with iron bars, staves, chains and slingshots'. We are happy to make this clear.

Date Published: 23/12/2013

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