Guardian

PCC rules Guardian breached editors’ code of ethics in claim Tel Aviv was Israel’s capital


We’ll provide commentary on this tomorrow, but ‘Times of Israel’ just reported the following:

“The UK Press Complaints Commission ruled Monday that a British paper was wrong to refer to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, settling a dispute over the issue in the British media.

The case had been debated since April, when the London-based newspaper the Guardian apologized for naming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and stated instead that Tel Aviv was the capital.

In Monday’s decision, the PCC concluded that “the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of… the Editors’ Code of Practice.”

The editor’s code states that the press “must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information.”

Here’s an excerpt from the PCC ruling:

“…the Commission concluded that, notwithstanding the references upon which the newspaper had relied, the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of Clause 1 (i) of the Editors’ Code of Practice.

For background, see Akus’s post on the original Guardian caption change, here, Hadar Sela’s post about the need for UK media regulation reform, here, and my take, here.

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  1. “In Monday’s decision, the PCC concluded that “the unequivocal statement that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel had the potential to mislead readers and raised a breach of… the Editors’ Code of Practice.””

    “Code of Practice? What’s that?? That’s for the little papers.”

    Leona Helmsley Rustbucket

    • In Monday’s decision, the PCC concluded that Tel Aviv is not Israel’s capital, and neither is Jerusalem.

  2. I know that factual acurate well reseached journalism was way beyond the capabilities of Al-Guardian But it seems even basic map reading is beyond the capabilities of Al-Guardian drones Al-Guardian journos probably have to use GPS just to find their way from their desks to the toilet and back Even my filofax could have told Al-Guardian journos where the capital of Israel is