Express Changes Headline Which Didn’t Match Context of Story

On 18th November 2016, the Express had published a headline where they falsely insinuated that a Top British official had ‘slammed’ at some Muslim Nations for signing up to a coalition against ISIS. The original headline read, ‘Anger as less than A THIRD of Muslim nations sign up to coalition against ISIS’.

There was in fact no ‘anger’ at Muslim Nations, and Matthew Rycroft the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the Top British Official, actually commended Egypt and the United Arab Emirates for helping to ‘counter the misrepresentations of Islam and the values of Da’esh’.

The Express has since amended its headline (‘Less than A THIRD of Muslim nations sign up to coalition against ISIS‘) and introductory paragraph, which was wholly misleading. The correction reads:

This article was amended on 12 January 2017. The headline to the article said “Anger as less than A THIRD of Muslim nations sign up to coalition against ISIS” and the introduction read “A TOP British official has taken aim at some Muslim nations during a meeting at the United Nations this week, slamming them for not clamping down on extremism.”  When Matthew Rycroft the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, gave a speech on 17 November 2016 about the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) he did not  directly criticise Muslim nations for not tackling the issue of extremism rather he only singled out Egypt and the United Arab Emirates  (from the other 57 nations of the OIC) for helping to ‘counter the misrepresentations of Islam and the values of Da’esh’.  Additionally the article did not include any comments to support the headline that ‘anger’ had been expressed at the fact only one third of members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation have joined the coalition against ISIS, we apologise for these inaccuracies.