On Sept. 29th we contacted editors at The Herald – and tweeted – about an article by Anthony Harwood (former foreign editor of the Daily Mail) which erroneously suggested that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital.
Your Sept 28 article erroneously uses "Tel Aviv" as a metonym for Israel's capital
Multiple UK media outlets have corrected articles which implicitly or explicitly claimed TA is Israel's capital.
We hope you'll do so as well. pic.twitter.com/YyWaDrkEzD
— CAMERA UK (formerly UK Media Watch and BBC Watch) (@CAMERAorgUK) September 29, 2020
In our complaint, we noted that multiple media outlets (including the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, NY Times, Associated Press, Washington Post, and LA Times) have, following communication with CAMERA, corrected articles which, implicitly or explicitly, claimed that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital.
We also reminded editors of the 2012 ruling by the Press Complaints Commission (the predecessor to IPSO) stating that it’s wrong to inform readers that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital.
Our complaint was upheld, and the word “Tel Aviv” was replaced with “Israel” in the sentence – though, as is usually the case with such corrections, the more accurate word, “Jerusalem”, to signify the country, was not added.