News (6.00pm), Radio 4, 15 May 2012 - Finding by the Editorial Complaints Unit

Complaint

An item on Palestinian demonstrations marking Nakba Day referred to “thousands of Palestinans leaving their homes” following the declaration of the State of Israel.  Two listeners complained that this gave a misleading impression of the scale of Palestinian displacement and the extent to which it was the result of coercion.

 

Outcome

The ECU took the view that listeners’ general understanding of the issues was such that they were unlikely to be misled into thinking that the Palestinian exodus was entirely voluntary, but agreed that “thousands” gave a somewhat misleading impression of its scale.

Partly upheld

 

Further action

The Editor, Radio Newsroom, will brief news teams about the need to give due weight to the events commemorated by Nakba Day in future reports.

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