A TALK­BACK FROM THE JERUSALEM POST

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

Con­trary to Alex Brummer’s ar­ti­cle, “Com­ment is free, but it can go too far” ( JC, Oc­to­ber 10), the talk­backs posted by read­ers in re­sponse to Ed­win Ben­na­ton’s blog about Seth Freed­man were re­moved within half an hour of their be­ing brought to our at­ten­tion. The talk­backs, which were of­fen­sive and em­phat­i­cally should not have crept un­der our radar — and for which we im­me­di­ately apol­o­gised — con­tained no death threat, what­ever in­ter­pre­ta­tion Seth Freed­man may have claimed. Your quo­ta­tion from one such talk­back was slightly in­accu- rate. Your as­ser­tion that pseu­do­nyms are not used in talk­backs on the JPost web­site was in­cor­rect. The orig­i­nal blog was tem­po­rar­ily re­moved from our web­site as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, and re­posted once the is­sue had been re­solved.

We could have told Mr Brummer all this had he con­tacted us. Strik­ingly, in a me­dia cri­tique about an in­ci­dent a month ear­lier, your colum­nist chose not to con­tact The Jerusalem Post be­fore rush­ing into print. David Horovitz Ed­i­tor, The Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem

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