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”.

Latest news

National action for trade democracy

23 November 2017 - 2:30pm

Join a two day mobilisation to build the campaign for trade democracy, organised by Global Justice Now and War on Want.

Thanks to the hard work of activists on the ground, and the brazenness of the government, trade democracy is climbing up the political agenda. Over 100 MPs have signed an EDM calling for increased parliamentary scrutiny over trade deals. The SNP are calling for Scotland to have its own trade policy. People don’t want chlorinated chicken flooding UK supermarkets. Now is the time to strengthen the campaign for trade democracy.

Read more

Watch videos of "Paradises of the Earth" Web Documentary - Tunisia

23 November 2017 - 8:15am

First Episode - Gabes: Watch now!

This episode follows an international solidarity caravan to the first stop of the trip: the mediterranean oasis of Gabes in southern #Tunisia, where the installation of a chemical phosphate factory on its shores caused an ecocide deeply impacting fishing, agriculture, water resources and people's livelihoods.

Read more

Join the conversation

RT @unitetheunion: #SportsDirectShame back in action | With the proposed £11m back pay for Ashley's brother, what about the outstanding bac… 12 hours 47 min ago
The people of Jemna are fighting for their right to work on their ancestral land. See their struggle in Paradises o… https://t.co/NKPCwqm7fT 13 hours 6 min ago
RT @novaramedia: TODAY 1PM #NovaraFM Climate and Capital after COP23 with @piercepenniless @chilledasad100 and @zoozanne. You can listen l… 16 hours 28 min ago