A leading Indian news website has this headline today - "Top Judges Meet Today On Appointment Rejected By Government"

How would a reader, who lacks context, interpret this?

  1. The top judges are going to meet today, regarding someone's appointment, but the government has rejected the meeting.
  2. The top judges are meeting today about an (judicial) appointment that the government had rejected (some days back).
  3. Something else?

I know the context,and hence know that (2) is the correct interpretation. But I would like to know how people would commonly interpret this statement, and is there a better way to phrase the occurrence?

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    I also would have said 2 (before reading your full question), but the sentence is typical journalism-speak and normal word orders need not apply. Apparently it’s a side effect of assuming you lose readers with every word, so the idea is to order the words so the most important ones (who) come first and the sentence is as concise as possible. There will be clearer ways of expressing this information but they will have more words. – Pam May 2 '18 at 7:00
  • Don't you think that belongs on a writing site, as for instance writing.stackexchange.com? Either way if you know that (2) is correct why would you expect people to interpret it differently, please? – Robbie Goodwin May 13 '18 at 21:19

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