Israel May Revoke Press Cards Over 'Negligent' Reporting of Terror Attacks

'We cannot be silent when it comes to the all-too-common phenomenon of foreign media getting it wrong,' says Tzipi Livni.

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Israel's Government Press Office is considering revoking press cards from journalists who report on terror attacks in a manner that it finds to be a skewed manner.

"'Three Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on,' this is the headline that international networks chose to put up after a murderous attack at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem," GPO head Nitzan Chen wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, referring to a CBS headline on Wednesday's Jerusalem terror attack. The headline referred to the death of three Palestinians in Jerusalem, without adding that they were killed after they attacked and killed Israeli Border Police officer Hadar Cohen and wounded another policewoman.

"This time we won't let it pass in silence, we will consider revoking press cards from journalists and editors who are negligent in their work and give headlines that are opposite from reality," he added.

The Government Press Office is the official body in charge of distributing press cards to journalists in Israel.

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni also took to Facebook to reprimand the incident. On Thursday, she wrote, "We cannot be silent when it comes to the all-too-common phenomenon of foreign media getting it wrong. Not after terror attacks, especially like the one we experienced yesterday."

"On Twitter in English I responded to CBS saying "If you have to choose a side, choose the side of the facts. The Fact is: a female Israeli soldier was murdered today by terrorists," she noted.

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