Financial Times fails to correct clearly false claim over marching “settlers”

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On June 16th, we complained to the Financial Times over an article by their Jerusalem correspondent Mehul Srivastava published that day (“Israeli PM Naftali Bennett orders fresh air strikes in Gaza Strip”) which included the following:
As we argued in our complaint, it’s of course impossible to know where the thousands of Israelis who participated in the march reside, and the chance that all of the marchers live in settlements is practically zero. In fact, the last sentence of the article included a comment from an marcher who noted that he traveled to the event from an Israeli coastal city.
We’ve sent two emails to the Middle East editor, Andrew England, neither of which elicited a response.
Note that though Financial Times opted out of being regulated by IPSO, their Editorial Code of Practice states that their journalists and editors are held accountable to the the code of practice used by IPSO, which includes the following:
The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text.
A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion must be corrected promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.
We intend to pursue this further, and will update this post if and when we get a response from a more senior editor.
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  1. says: Sid Levine

    Is it any wonder the Financial Times publishes such distorted anti Israel propaganda when Roula Khalaf (Arabic: رولا خلف‎) is the British-Lebanese journalist who is the editor of the Financial Times, having been its deputy editor and foreign editor. She has worked for the FT since 1995, first as North Africa correspondent, then Middle East correspondent, Middle East editor and as foreign editor.

    According to Andrew England in the Irish Times on 21 June 2021
    Conservative Cleric-Ebrahim-Raisi-wins-Iran-s-presidential-election- -this clearly shows his biased world view. Rasi is known for his role in the 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran, News Iran Resistance.

    Hence the distorted views reported in the FT on Israel!

  2. says: Adam Levick

    I don’t think merely the fact that the editor is Lebanese is significant. Plus, she’s only been the top editor for a short time. The paper’s anti-Israel stance precedes her appointment. Btw, their most hostile anti-Israel voice is international editor David Gardner.

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