Jewish Voice for Labour member Felicity Laurence has written to Guardian editor Katharine Viner about her paper’s dire reporting on the issue of antisemitism in the Labour Party.
A link to the letter was sent to the SKWAWKBOX by her friend, Rosie Brocklehurst, who is an officer of Hastings & Rye constituency Labour party:
Dr Felicity Laurence is a friend. She would not ever blow her own trumpet, but I can say she is a world-renowned academic of vocal music and choristry and well-connected. She has not joined Labour (or any Party) but she has been active in supporting Jeremy Corbyn and in supporting refugees, a cause close to his heart. She is a lead organiser in the City of Sanctuary movement, and has recently helped promote the photos of her friend, the photographer Giles Dooley whose UN-commissioned images of Lesbos refugees have not only been seen around the world but changed lives. Giles lost both legs and one arm after treading on a landmine in a war zone.
Last week Felicity, a grandmother, rescued a refugee who had gone into labour, took her to hospital in a taxi and helped deliver the baby into the mother’s arms. She is one among hundreds of thousands of extraordinary people who quietly work away for justice, human rights and who support Jeremy Corbyn and his policies. Felicity is Jewish. She supports JVL. She has written to the Guardian’s editor, incensed at the way the paper has behaved.
The full letter references the recent academic study that exposed ninety-five failures by the ‘MSM’ to perform even the basics of good journalistic practice but found the ‘new left media’ to have been streets ahead in their handling of the issue. It also excoriates Viner and the Guardian and accuses the paper of sensationalism and of abandoning even “simple fact-checking” in its treatment of the issue. It can be read here.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Katharine Viner for comment. She opted not to comment, but the following statement was received from the Guardian’s press office:
The issue of antisemitism is a divisive and challenging topic to report on, but we need to cover the story and do take accusations of anti-semitism seriously. As the report notes, The Guardian has featured a wide range of voices in this debate – including Jeremy Corbyn himself – we have also published a variety of perspectives on the subject through our comment and letters pages, listened carefully to reader comments about our coverage, and published a number of pieces from the independent readers’ editor about the issue.
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