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Daily Mail refuses to correct false claim about the death of Gaza child

Yesterday, we tweeted and contacted editors at the Daily Mail over the following headline accompanying a June 12th Associated Press (AP) article published on their website.

As we noted in our tweet, the claim, by anti-Israel media outlets, that Aisha Lulu, a five-year-old from Gaza who passed away from a brain tumour, died alone in a Jerusalem hospital because COGAT refused to grant permission for family members to accompany her, was proven to be fake news weeks ago. The claim that authorities denied permission to Aisha’s family to accompany her was false, and the girl in fact passed away in Gaza after she was released, not in the Israeli hospital where she was treated.

Further, the actual Daily Mail/AP article never makes the claim – asserted in the headline – that the girl died alone.

Yet, Daily Mail editors rejected our complaint and told us to take it up with AP.  However, this is an abdication of their responsibilities, as publications like the Daily Mail that use wire service stories have the freedom to revise headlines – for stylistic or editorial reasons – as their editors see fit.

We intend to appeal the Daily Mail’s decision, and will update this post when we get a response.

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  1. Surely the Mail has an obligation to rectify the erroneous headline,if it was a genuine mistake they should have no problem with this. Unless they intended to peddle fake news,

  2. They made a mealy-mouthed modification barely better than the original: “Sick Palestinian girl suffers lonely end.”

    Good work UKMediaWatch. Stick with the appeal; let’s get a better headline,

  3. Do these people have anything better to do than express an ongoing animus against a tiny and enlightened country in a region of very unenlightened countries thousands of miles away which hasn’t done a blessed thing to them?
    Let’s not mistake these slanders of Israel and Israeli Jews for a fake ‘human interest’ story promoting the standing and interests of those who wish them grave harm.

  4. Please carry on with this much needed work. It’s vital, if only to prevent future false accusations.