A few days ago, I discovered how Britain’s Daily Mail had passed off an old video as one purportedly showing the death of 15-year-old palestinian Azzam Aweida.
I complained to them, as did many of you, prompting the Daily Mail to amend their story.
But instead of doing the right and honest thing – which would have been to 1) apologize and state the story had been corrected 2) remove the video entirely because
- it had nothing to do with the incident they were reporting; and
- there are question marks surrounding what it purports to show (Israel shooting a 19-year-old palestinian),
the Daily Mail kept the video, and simply changed its title from
Dramatic footage shows moment 15-year-old is shot in Gaza
Dramatic footage shows moment 19-year-old is shot in Gaza
Most readers won’t even notice the subtle difference, and even if they do, the report still gives the impression that Israel deliberately shot the 15-year-old, as they supposedly did to the 19-year-old shown in the footage.
Shame on the Daily Mail for this shameless dishonesty and lack of any journalistic ethics.