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UK Media Watch Prompts Economist Correction: No Arabic Song Ban

Cross-posted from CAMERA's UK Media Watch

Yesterday, we posted about an Economist article ("The Economist Explains: The status of Arabic speakers in Israel," Nov. 24) which included the bizarre claim that “Arabic songs were banned from Israeli radio for several decades.”
However, as we clearly demonstrated in our post, there is absolutely no evidence that there was ever anything resembling a ban on Arabic songs in the history of the state, yet alone one lasting “several decades.” Indeed, there have been Arabic programs (including music) on Israeli radio since the state’s founding. 

We contacted the editor responsible for the article, who promptly responded to inform us that they upheld our complaint and removed the sentence in question.

They also added the following addendum:

For additional Economist corrections prompted by UK Media Watch and CAMERA, please see here.

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