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Just making sure you saw the correction

Venezuela’s currently jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López wrote en op-ed for the NYT yesterday. If you’re into LatAm affairs I fully expect that you read it, but here’s the link. Yesterday, here’s how a key section of Lopéz’s article was written and published:

“Since student protests began on Feb. 4, more than 1,500 protesters have been detained, more than 30 have been killed, and more than 50 people have reported that they were tortured while in police custody”

And here’s how it reads now:

“Since student protests began on Feb. 4, more than 1,500 protesters have been detained and more than 50 have reported that they were tortured while in police custody. Over 30 people, including security forces and civilians, have died in the demonstrations.”

Spot the difference? Well if not, here’s the NYT explaining the correction at the end of the piece:

Correction: March 26, 2014
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the more than 30 people killed in the political demonstrations in Venezuela since Feb. 4 were protesters. That number includes security forces and civilians, not only protesters.

More on this, plus a breakdown or two on exactly who’s been killed in the Venezuelan violence here. As López explains, he’s been held in jail for over a month. So it’s good that he manages to get op-eds out of the obviously gulag-like confinement and then gets the chance to be consulted on the errors and then offer a corrected version of his words so quickly. Innit guv? 
Apologies in advance if these facts do not concur with your preferred version of the truth. But fear not, there’s always a version that’s more palatable to one’s politics out there and fortunately in this case, it doesn’t take much looking to find one.

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