UK Media Watch prompts Guardian and Indy revisions

As we noted recently, a Guardian article by Sian Cain (Michael Chabon witnesses ‘grievous injustice’ in occupied territories, May 6th) included the following paragraph, with background on the “Palestinian territories” Israel “entered” during the 1967 war.

Chabon and his wife, writer Ayelet Waldman, are contributing to and editing the as-yet-unnamed book of essays that will be published to mark the 50th anniversary of 1967’s six-day war, when Israel first entered the Palestinian territories: the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, parts of the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip.

As we explained, the Golan Heights were seized from Syria during the Six-Day War and were never ‘Palestinian’ – even in the broadest sense of that often misused term.

We complained to Guardian editors, and they agreed to remove reference to the “Golan Heights” from the article. They also added the following addendum.

addendumAdditionally, we complained to editors at The Independent about an article highlighting George Galloway’s recent defense of Ken Livingstone’s erroneous claim that Adolf Hitler was a Zionist.  

We expressed our concern that the article failed to note that Livingstone’s bizarre theory was discredited by every serious observer, an omission which would likely leave some Indy readers with the false impression that the characterization of Hitler could be true.

Though editors did not think that additional text was needed, they did agree to add a graphic and link to another Indy article disproving Livingstone’s claim in the body of the text.

Here’s what readers now see to the right of the text in the middle of the page:

new article

We thank Guardian and Indy editors for agreeing to the revisions.

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