Tuesday, May 16, 2006

My letter to Reuters (Hamas "truce")

In your article on Mahmoud Abbas, you say:

Hamas is formally committed to destroying Israel, though it has observed a truce for more than a year.

This is simply a lie. There have been many documented attacks by Hamas during the so-called "truce", including rocket attacks, although they have not been all successful. In addition, it is clear that many attacks that used to be "joint efforts" of Hamas and other terror groups now still happen, just without Hamas taking credit.

For example, see this blog article that refers to US terror statistics from 2005:

Since you claim that you quickly correct mistakes,
Reuters news operations are based on the company's Trust Principles which stipulate that the integrity, independence and freedom from bias of Reuters must be upheld at all times.

Reuters has strict policies in place to ensure adherence to these principles. We are committed to accurate and balanced reporting. Errors of fact are always promptly corrected and clearly published.

I would appreciate if you can point me to where you correct this one.

(The feedback form is buried way deep in the Reuters website. Here is the form I used.)