PCC rules Guardian breached editors’ code of ethics in claim Tel Aviv was Israel’s capital

We’ll provide commentary on this tomorrow, but ‘Times of Israel’ just reported the following:

“The UK Press Complaints Commission ruled Monday that a British paper was wrong to refer to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, settling a dispute over the issue in the British media.

The case had been debated since April, when the London-based newspaper the Guardian apologized for naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and stated instead that Tel Aviv was the capital.

In Monday’s decision, the PCC concluded that “the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of… the Editors’ Code of Practice.”

The editor’s code states that the press “must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.”

Here’s an excerpt from the PCC ruling:

“…the Commission concluded that, notwithstanding the references upon which the newspaper had relied, the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of Clause 1 (i) of the Editors’ Code of Practice.

For background, see Akus’s post on the original Guardian caption change, here, Hadar Sela’s post about the need for UK media regulation reform, here, and my take, here.

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