Chal­lenge to Guardian’s re­port

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

THE GUARDIAN news­pa­per amended its cov­er­age of the Tot­ten­ham ri­ots af­ter a com­plaint that Cha­sidic Jews were un­fairly sin­gled out for al­legedly “jeer­ing at po­lice”.

Manch­ester’s Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil were among those com­plain­ing that the news­pa­per had bro­ken its editorial code in un­nec­es­sar­ily iden­ti­fy­ing peo­ple’s re­li­gious or eth­nic back­ground in a de­scrip­tion of a mixed crowd of on­look­ers to Satur­day night’s vi­o­lence. The ar­ti­cle was pub­lished on­line on Sun­day and in the Guardian on Mon­day.

The news­pa­per noted that ri­ot­ers were “racially mixed” but said “fam­i­lies and other lo­cal res­i­dents, in­clud­ing some from Tot­ten­ham’s Ha­sidic Jewish com­mu­nity, also gath­ered to watch and jeer at po­lice”.

Lu­cille Co­hen, pres­i­dent of the Rep Coun­cil, voiced concern that “such ir­re­spon­si­ble re­port­ing could lead to in­creased an­ti­semitism and even to phys­i­cal at­tacks on the Jewish com­mu­nity na­tion­ally”.

A spokesper­son for the Guardian said the ar­ti­cle was be­ing con­sid­ered by the pa­per’s in­de­pen­dent read­ers’ edi­tor.

On Wed­nes­day the para­graph was rewrit­ten to read: “But fam­i­lies and other lo­cal res­i­dents rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the area — black, Asian and white, in­clud­ing some from Tot­ten­ham’s Ha­sidic Jewish com­mu­nity — also gath­ered to watch and jeer at po­lice.”

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