Observer apologises to Mad Mel

“Owing to an editing error last week, we failed to make clear that a letter from Chris Doyle, carried in response to our publication of an extract from Melanie Phillips’s new book Londonistan, was written in his capacity as director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding. That extract (Comment, 28 May) may have given the impression that Ms Phillips’s book connects all British Muslims to a campaign of violence, whereas she stresses that the vast majority are peaceful and law-abiding. She also draws a distinction between Islam, which should be respected, and Islamism, which, she believes, is the use of that religion for violent ends.”

Editorial statement in the Observer, 11 June 2006

Evidently written in response to a complaint by Mad Mel herself. Readers of Islamophobia Watch can make up their own minds as to whether this characterisation of Phillips’ attitude to Islam is accurate.