Why does the ABC continue to fail to adequately fact-check its stories about the Gaza Strip?
In July, I reported how the ABC uncritically parroted the easily disprovable tall tale by one of its guests that Gaza is devoid of birds, and AIJAC’s Allon Lee reported Radio National host Phillip Adams’ untruth about the population density in the Gaza Strip.
Now comes ABC reporter/producer Rania Zaydan’s contribution. In her report for Newsline, “Charities raising breast cancer awareness in Gaza”, Zaydan abandoned her critical faculties, offering up a story riddled with inaccuracies and baseless anti-Israel innuendo.
Zaydan’s biggest error needs to be corrected first. In the story, she said:Anglican Overseas Aid says the difference between Gaza and the rest of the world when it comes to survival rates is staggering.
Gaza has one of the world’s highest rates of breast cancer and the survival rate is only 40 percent. Compare that to a place like Australia, where the survival rate is 90 percent.
But the reasons why so many women suffer breast cancer in Gaza still remains unclear.
Whilst the survival rate of Gazan women with breast cancer is indeed unacceptably low, Gaza unequivocally does not have anywhere near the world’s highest rates of breast cancer. In actual fact, its rate is empirically low by global standards.
On the other hand, its neighbour Israel unfortunately has the fifth highest breast cancer rate in the world.
The fact is that if Zaydan paraphrased them correctly, Anglican Overseas Aid is either mistaken in its claims, incompetent, or worse. Gaza’s breast cancer survival rates are only staggeringly different to countries in the developed world, like Australia. However, when compared to its Arab neighbours, it’s only slightly worse.
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