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Local television channel apologizes for 'war on Israel' mistake

This photo circulated on social media and created a buzz. (The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: A local Lebanese television channel Friday issued an apology for writing "the war on Israel" during a segment reporting on the situation in Gaza.

MTV ran a report on the hostilities between Gaza and Israel with the reporter’s picture, Majdi al-Halabi, on the right-hand side of the screen while text for the story read: “The war on Israel.”

A photo of a TV screen with the report’s details circulated on social media with the original poster asking: “Could anyone explain the title please?”

An hour after the photo was published MTV issued a statement, apologizing for what it said was a mistake.

“ MTV apologizes for the unintentional mistake that was in its report during the afternoon news hour with regards to the war on Gaza,” the television said.

“It is of our concern that we affirm the channel’s clear and honest [coverage] with regards to Arab issues, particularly the righteous Palestinian cause.”

MTV had found itself in a similar controversy back in 2012 when its correspondent in Israel, al-Halabi, interviewed an Israeli expert on the threat posed by Hezbollah to the Jewish state.

 

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