‘The Queen is dead’ tweets BBC journalist

By Samantha Luiz
03 June 2015

A BBC journalist has come under fire after she tweeted that the British monarch Queen Elizabeth has died.

Ahmen Khawaja, a broadcast journalist at the station, took to twitter and made the announcement in a series of tweets that were quickly deleted.

According to the BBC, the tweets were mistakenly sent during an “obituary rehearsal” for reporting the death of the Sovereign. The tweets stated: “BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly: @BBCWorld.” “Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died.”

Coincidentally, the Queen did attend a routine annual appointment at the hospital yesterday morning.

The Buckingham Palace, which is renowned for maintaining privacy over the queen’s health, was forced to issue a statement reassuring the public that the Queen was in good health. A Palace spokesman said: “I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London. “This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment, the Queen has now left hospital.” Contradicting the BBC’s rehearsal story, Ahmen has apologised for the blunder, blaming it on a “silly prank.”

She is facing disciplinary action.

Sources: standard.co.uk, theguardian.com, dailymail.co.uk

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