Here’s their correction:
“A correction to a picture caption said we should not have described Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. It went on to relay the advice in our style guide that the capital was Tel Aviv. In 1980 the Israeli Knesset enacted a law designating the city of Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the country’s capital. In response, the UN security council issued resolution 478, censuring the “change in character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem” and calling on all member states with diplomatic missions in the city to withdraw. The UN has reaffirmed this position on several occasions, and almost every country now has its embassy in Tel Aviv. While it was therefore right to issue a correction to make clear Israel’s designation of Jerusalem as its capital is not recognised by the international community, we accept that it is wrong to state that Tel Aviv – the country’s financial and diplomatic centre – is the capital. The style guide has been amended accordingly (Corrections and Clarifications, 23 April, page 27).”
Here’s the Guardian Style Guide on Jerusalem before the change:
So, in a blatant attempt to enjoy the Guardian’s humiliation (I must find a synonym for the word ‘Schadenfreude’) here’s a quick run down of a few of the stories (and accompanying headlines) about the Guardian’s submission.
Jewish News One’s video on the Guardian correction:
HonestReporting’s graphic accompanying their victory over the Guardian:
It looks like the Guardian’s ‘Corrections and clarifications column editor’ has some work to do.
I’d suggest contacting the Guardian’s Readers’ Editor and request that the April ‘clarification’ be corrected.
Also, Leslie Palmer is the Guardian’s ‘Corrections and Clarifications’ Editor.
Finally, it looks like the following book will have to be revised for 2012.
- The Guardian retracts lie that Tel Aviv is Israel’s capital! (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian’s grudging mea (not quite) culpa highlights the need for media regulation reform in the UK. (cifwatch.com)
- CiF Watch ‘Style’ Guide to the Middle East for the Perplexed: A to Z (cifwatch.com)
- AKUS’s postcard from Tel Aviv (Bonus: blurred photo of CiF Watchers at secret meeting) (cifwatch.com)
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