Peston clarifies and the papers backpedal over ‘Holocaust denial’ libel

For the recycler: Newspaper stories about Vox Political writer Mike Sivier last week weren’t worth the paper on which they were written.

Robert Peston’s retraction on his show this week was a welcome climbdown, wasn’t it?

He retracted his claim on last week’s programme that I was guilty of Holocaust denial, after I sent ITV evidence showing that this was not the case.

He said: “Following remarks made on the show last week in a discussion about the Labour Party, we would like to clarify that Mike Sivier has denied all accusations of anti Semitism and Holocaust denial, and says he has not accepted readmission to the Labour Party on the terms offered, as doing so would assume guilt on his part.”

Meanwhile, newspapers that followed the lead of the Sunday Times in making the baseless accusation have been lining up to retract the claim.

I haveo far, The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Jewish Chronicle have altered the online versions of their articles after I contacted them. And the Times of Israel published a story listing my objections to the claims.

But that’s not what I requested. I demanded an apology, retraction and correction. You see, the versions of their stories that appeared in print last week can’t be amended in that way – and those are the versions that more people are likely to have read. The damage is done.

It must be repaired in an appropriate manner.

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7 Thoughts to “Peston clarifies and the papers backpedal over ‘Holocaust denial’ libel”

  1. Tony Curr

    More strength to you Mike! Don’t let them get away with ANYTHING!

  2. G Millward

    And of course Mike this whole thing started with the false allegations against you perpetrated by the Campaign against antiSemitism … a so say “charity”

  3. aunty1960

    WELL DONE SO FAR I hope you get a full reversal of their comments and attitudes, a full apology and a right to fair comment and reply back.

    I was at LRC yesterday and met Jewish Voice of Labour and the one from Brighton who is leader of campaign against the witch hunts who is still purged.

    Obviously really nice genuine people.

    LRC is still dominated with CND and nuclear and migation both dominating most of time, they did last year.

    I do feel there are more issues to discuss which are dominant and immediate. No discussion of Brexit at all or purges or disabled. John McDonnell attended, very good. Very intelligent very clear, very informed, very direct. Very realistic.

  4. My last post was not accepted is there a problem

    1. Mike Sivier

      I don’t know. When did you send it? I can’t find anything in the trash or spam folders here.

  5. bbbarabas

    Not before time Mike.
    These persons, along with Peston, spreading malicious lying gossip have got off
    lightly!
    Mike, your to nice a chap!

    1. Mike Sivier

      I haven’t finished with them yet.

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