The paper says it 'incorrectly interpreted' poll data and misquoted an expert
The Daily Express has apologised for publishing a story claiming up to half of UK Muslims ‘could support ISIS’.
The story, which the paper quickly removed from its website, was based on an ‘incorrect’ reading of an opinion poll commissioned by another newspaper.
The Express story also misquoted Haras Rafiq, managing director of the anti-Islamist group Quilliam and a Left Foot Forward contributor.
Yesterday they published an article by him respecting his right of reply.
The Express said:
“Earlier this week Express.co.uk ran a story which incorrectly claimed up to half of British Muslims ‘could support ISIS’.
This article was based on a national poll commissioned by a rival newspaper, the results of which both publications interpreted incorrectly.
Within a few hours we realised our error and quickly removed the article, but it should never have been published and we apologise unreservedly for any upset caused.”
Speaking to MediaWatch, Haras Rafiq said:
“When I was told of the piece, I contacted the Express and they were very keen to rectify a mistake that was made. Hence they admitted and apologised for the error and gave me a right to reply.
But mistakes such as these can have consequences. Especially if the press don’t act quickly to correct what has happened.
They should be more careful about such claims.“
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Adam Barnett is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow MediaWatch on Twitter
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