Last night, we tweeted this to the Guardian in response to an Aug. 8th article titled ‘Israel to crack down further on foreign pro-Palestinian activists’.
.@guardian misleads readers by using language suggesting that #TelAviv is #Israeli capital https://t.co/xhhA8Q8GvE pic.twitter.com/n2Kk4rDcBZ
— CAMERA UK (formerly UK Media Watch and BBC Watch) (@CAMERAorgUK) August 8, 2016
This morning, we contacted Guardian editors and argued that the passage falsely suggests that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital.
We noted that, in 2012, the Guardian was forced to acknowledge that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital, and that their style guide was updated to note that – regardless of the international community’s views on the status of the city – Jerusalem is the seat of government.
This afternoon, they responded to inform us that they upheld our complaint and replaced the word “Tel Aviv” in the sentence in question with the word “Israel”.
They’ve also added this addendum at the bottom of the article:
- Times of London: We were wrong. Tel Aviv is NOT Israel’s capital (UK Media Watch)
- Haaretz relocates Israel’s capital (CAMERA)
- Daily Mirror claims Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital (UK Media Watch)