The New York Times admitted this week that it recently published an op-ed piece in its international section by a self-described ‘political prisoner’ and ‘Palestinian leader’, without disclosing that the man was serving five consecutive life-sentences in Israeli prison for multiple terror attacks.
On Monday, the NY Times was forced to add an ‘editor’s note’ at the bottom of the piece, titled “Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons” by Marwan Barghouti.
The article details the countless ‘abuses’ and ‘injustices’ the author suffered at the hands of his Israeli prison guards, culminating in his call for a hunger strike.
The Times, however, failed to inform its readers that Barghouti was tried and convicted in 2004 to multiple life sentences for coordinating a terror campaign that left at least five people dead.
One of the attacks involved a suicide vest.
After outrage flooded social media, the New York Times was forced to admit its mistake and fully inform its readers of the author’s criminal background.
Read the statement below:
Editors’ Note: April 17, 2017
This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.