Editor's note: Clarifying a tweet on Jerusalem attack

Al Jazeera regrets the wording of a tweet we posted regarding an attack in Jerusalem this weekend.

    On Saturday, we posted a tweet that has been widely criticised.

    It contained a link to a news story on our site about an incident in Jerusalem in which two Israeli men were stabbed to death by a Palestinian man who was later shot dead by Israeli police. 

    This is the wording of the tweet: 

    "Palestinian shot dead after fatal stabbing in Jerusalem; 2 Israeli victims also killed."

    Many people in our audience have pointed out that the tweet appears to minimise the killings of the Israeli victims and leaves out the context that the Palestinian man was their attacker.

    This criticism is valid and we regret the wording of a tweet written under the pressure of breaking news. The story on the site was briefly headlined with similar wording, which we amended in an update.

    Al Jazeera depends on accurate reporting and strives to promptly correct all errors of fact and misjudgements in tone.

    We are committed to accountability and transparency and are grateful for this feedback.

    We encourage our audience and others to identify and report our mistakes.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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