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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

from HonestReporting.com

Two News Agencies omit IDF explanation of deadly clash in Nablus

Throwing stones or hurling cement blocks?

Australian Broadcasting Corp.: "Israeli soldiers have shot dead three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, who were throwing stones in protests around the West Bank City of Nablus . . . "


Associated Press: "On Saturday, troops opened fire at a large number of Palestinians throwing stones, an army spokesman said. "


Reuters at least mentions the IDF report: (Paragraph #4) "Palestinian witnesses said Amjed el-Masri, 15, was shot in the chest by a sniper as he threw stones at an Israeli armored vehicle from a rooftop in the old city area of Nablus. . .

(Paragraph #7) An Israeli army spokesman said Masri had been shot while dropping large bricks on soldiers from a roof top, which he called a life-threatening assault . . . "

Could it be that Reuters actually paid attention to the fact that HonestReporting gave it their 2003 Dishonest Reporting Award for The Most Skewed and Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict???

(In alphabetical order) Associated Press, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (UK), The Independent (UK), Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Washington Post all received Dishonorable Mention.
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