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October 14, 2016 6:27 am

On Terror Attacks, the BBC Has Different Headlines for Different Audiences

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A screenshot of the BBC story.

A screenshot of the BBC story.

Although it failed to accurately describe an October 9 attack in Jerusalem as terrorism, the BBC did make it clear to its English-language audiences that the perpetrator was a “Palestinian gunman.” It did so in both the headline and the opening paragraph of the article.

In contrast, the headline selected for the BBC’s Arabic language report on the same incident failed to provide audiences with any information concerning the identity of the attacker.

The headline read, “Two Israelis killed and 6 wounded in shooting in Jerusalem,” and the report’s opening paragraph stated:

The Israeli police said that two Israelis were killed and six others injured as a result of shooting near the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem.

Two messages for two audiences.

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