Corrections

UKMW prompts Economist correction – retracts false claim on ‘Arabic song ban’


Yesterday, we posted about an Economist article (‘The Economist Explains: The status of Arabic speakers in Israel, Nov. 24) which included the bizarre claim that “Arabic songs were banned from Israeli radio for several decades.”

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However, as we clearly demonstrated in our post, there is absolutely no evidence that there was ever anything resembling a ban on Arabic songs in the history of the state, yet alone one lasting “several decades”.  Indeed, there have been Arabic programs (including music) on Israeli radio since the state’s founding. 

We contacted the editor responsible for the article, who promptly responded to inform us that they upheld our complaint and removed the sentence in question.  

They also added the following addendum:
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For additional Economist corrections prompted by UK Media Watch and CAMERA, please see here.

Categories: Corrections, Economist

12 replies »

  1. Well don, and thanks one again. Shame that the withdrawal won’t receive the same exposure as the original statement.

  2. We contacted the editor responsible for the article, who promptly responded to inform us that they upheld our complaint and removed the sentence in question.

    Great. Pity that there was no attempt to ‘explain’ the inclusion of the sentence. I mean, it didn’t come out of thin air. Someone included it.

  3. Well done indeed.

    I loved this excuse, “While there is no official ban, some stations did not play Arabic music”
    Yes, I am sure that stations dedicated to Rock and Roll , European Classical music or even the broadcasts of Parliamentary sessions did not play Arabic music.

    • That’s not the point. They’re free to do so if they wish. I don’t care what they do, but I do care about Israel being falsely accused.

  4. “Some stations did not play Arab music”.

    I imagine that some British stations (except the BBC, most likely) and thousands of US and EU radio stations do not play Arab music.

    • Now you know why the students at Ohio State University were attacked Hamas-style. At least, according to the hard nosed, rag tag crew of unconventional reporters who pound it out at the gritty Economist!

  5. There are a lot of Arabic radio stations in Israel. I don’t know why but they never play Hebrew (and any other) music only Arabic. The Economist must be on this subject right now.
    Their “correction” is simply a caricature of how to defend themselves when they have been caught lying.

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