BBC amends inaccurate claim about Entebbe hijacking

As documented here last week, a March 27th BBC News website report titled “Entebbe pilot Michel Bacos who stayed with hostages dies” informed readers that:

“The passengers were eventually split up. The non-Israelis were flown to Paris while the 94 Israeli passengers were held hostage.

Alongside the hostages were the Air France crew of 12.”

As noted here at the time, that portrayal of the “split up” of passengers is not accurate. The BBC’s own Raffi Berg accurately reported in June 2016 that:

“On the third day, the hijackers began calling people’s names and ordering them into a second, smaller, squalid room.

It became clear they were separating the Israeli and non-Israeli Jewish passengers from the rest, immediately evoking the horrors of the Nazi selections in World War Two when Jews were picked out to be sent to their deaths.”

Following a complaint from Mr Stephen Franklin (and others) the article was amended ten days after its initial publication and the above passage now reads:

“The passengers were eventually split up. The non-Israelis were flown to Paris while the 94 remaining passengers were forced to stay. The hijackers held all the Israeli passengers hostage as well two religious Jewish couples from the US and Belgium, according to eyewitness Ilan Hartuv.

Alongside the hostages were the Air France crew of 12.”

A footnote has also been appended to the article.

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3 comments on “BBC amends inaccurate claim about Entebbe hijacking

  1. Just to say how much I admire the work that you do and the accountability and clarify it brings. Let’s hope standards improve to create prevention rather than correction!

    Walter Hecht/Glasgow friends of israel

  2. I echo your comments Walter, the fantastic work Hadar does should not be necessary and it is a shame that the once reputable source, the BBC has now completely lost it’s way and is now under the editing control of the Iranian backed Islamists who wish to create a world caliphate at the expense of all other religions in the world. Demand a public enquiry into the BBC bias https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/234797

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