On the afternoon of April 3rd a report appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website under the title “
Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release
“. The article underwent numerous changes until the appearance of its final version, as
can be viewed here
. Its presentation on the Middle East page included two links to ‘related stories’: one to the BBC’s July 2013 “
History of Mid-East peace talks
” and another to the
backgrounder titled “Q&A: Israeli-Palestinian talks in Jerusalem”.
The article’s outstanding feature is its transparent attempt to promote to BBC audiences the notion of equivalence in both its wording and through the images used. The two photographs below are prominently featured in the body of the report.
In the article’s text, readers are informed that:
“The previous three releases of Palestinian prisoners were deeply unpopular with the Israeli public because many of those…