Al Jazeera apologizes for Jerusalem terror attack tweet

Al Jazeera noted that it was its audience that pointed out how the tweet diminished the killing of the two Israeli victims.

October 4, 2015 15:21
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Al Jazeera English on Sunday said it regretted "the wording of a tweet posted regarding an attack in Jerusalem" after receiving a  wave of criticism from their audience.

"Palestinian shot dead after fatal stabbing in Jerusalem; 2 Israeli victims also killed," read the tweet posted on Saturday, which the news site said was "written under the pressure of breaking news."

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Al Jazeera noted that "many people in our audience pointed out" that the tweet diminished the killing of the two Israeli victims and "leaves out the context that the Palestinian man was the attacker," according to Al Jazeera.

The Qatar-based news agency said that the criticism it received from their viewership was "valid," and later amended the story when it was updated.

"Al Jazeera depends on accurate reporting and strives to promptly correct all errors of fact and misjudgements in tone," the statement noted, adding, "We are committed to accountability and transparency and are grateful for this feedback."

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