- Reuters article about the Hong Kong protests saw drastic changes Monday, with every paragraph and the headline changed.
- The original article highlighted reports that Hong Kong police are now threatening protesters with live bullets.
- The updated article omits this report and instead focuses on the protesters, who are described as throwing “petrol bombs” and wrecking havoc on the city.
Reuters changed an article about the Hong Kong protests Monday, first highlighting allegations that police were threatening protesters with live bullets and later omitting any mention of that news.
The original article was headlined “Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates,” according to an archived version. Published Nov. 17, the article described the ongoing and escalating violence of the months of Hong Kong protests, noting in the first paragraph that police were escalating threats against rioters.
“Hong Kong police threatened on Monday to fire live bullets if ‘rioters’ did not stop using lethal weapons in the latest flare up in anti-government protests that have convulsed the Chinese-ruled city for five months,” the original article begins.
The article was updated Monday and now reads like a different post, with no paragraph the same as the original. The headline is now “At Hong Kong university, a daring escape but fears of bloodshed.” The updated version omits any mention of Hong Kong police threatening to use live bullets on protesters.
Now highlighted are the violent protesters who hurled “petrol bombs” in an effort to get into the campus. It also mentions “a standoff blocking a vital tunnel link.” (RELATED: Hong Kong Protestors Wave American Flags, Voice Support For Trump)
“Dozens of Hong Kong protesters staged a dramatic escape from a university campus sealed off by police on Monday by shimmying down plastic hosing from a bridge and fleeing on waiting motorbikes as the police fired projectiles,” the first paragraph now reads.
A protester lowers himself down from a bridge to a highway, to escape from Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus and from police, in Hung Hom district in Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. (YE AUNG THU/AFP via Getty Images)
The article’s URL appears to be the only thing that remained the same.