Ilford paper sorry for potentially inflammatory headline

The editor of the Ilford Recorder has admitted that a story headlined: “Islamic ‘terror’ at Jewish school” was potentially inflammatory.

The story reported how pupiles at King Solomon High, Barkingside, had taken refuge in their dining hall after reports a teenager with a knife was in the grounds.

Initial reports were that two Muslim boys were involved but it later transpired that there was one boy involved, who did not enter the grounds.

Editor Chris Carter said: “…the headline on the website article stating “Islamic ‘terror’ at Jewish school”, could be seen as inflammatory and apologise to those readers, whether Jewish, Muslim or from other groups, who were angry and upset over that.

“Our website gives us the opportunity to report the news as it happens and we will continue to do that, but there is a fine line between providing instant reports and waiting for some clarification of what is happening. That is something we will be more aware of in the future.

“It is also unfortunate when some stories are taken out of context. It was clear some of those who complained were sent a link to the initial story and were not aware of the additional stories which clarified the issue.

“We do, however, take our responsibility to help maintain harmony in the borough seriously and I regret that on this occasion we have fallen short of that.

“The Recorder, under my editorship, has worked hard to break down barriers in the community and that has been recognised among all sections.”

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