Sunday Telegraph retracts false claim over War on Want

9 April 2016 - 3:30pm
Press release

The Sunday Telegraph has retracted its false claim that War on Want had funding ‘pulled’ by the UK government as a result of its work for human rights in Palestine.

War on Want immediately rejected the story as a complete fabrication, noting that the charity had not sought any funding from the UK government for years. It also rejected the Sunday Telegraph’s accusations of anti-Semitism, and called for the article to be removed from the paper’s website.

The UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) confirmed that the Sunday Telegraph had fabricated the story, stating that it was “categorically not the case that funding was pulled”. 

War on Want consulted the Charity Commission before signing up to the worldwide boycott campaign designed to bring Israel in line with international law. The Charity Commission wrote back saying that the charity was perfectly entitled to make such a call.

The Sunday Telegraph has now retracted its claim and amended its article online. However, it has failed to remove the piece from the Telegraph website or to provide a formal apology for making up the story.

War on Want will continue to seek a satisfactory apology for the false accusations made by the Sunday Telegraph, both through the paper’s own editorial compliance department and through the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), which has confirmed that it stands ready to pursue the case should the Telegraph fail to deal with it properly.

NOTES TO EDITORS

For further information, please contact War on Want media officer Ross Hemingway on 07983 550728.

War on Want submitted a formal complaint to the Sunday Telegraph on 3 April, and lodged a complaint with IPSO on 5 April in recognition of the clear breach of its Editors’ Code of Practice, Article 1, which requires the press to “take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information”.

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