Newspaper removes lockdown article image of Charedi Jews

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Newspaper removes lockdown article image of Charedi Jews

The Guardian confirms the picture was switched to a 'more appropriate image'.

Jack Mendel is the former Online Editor at the Jewish News.

The original and edited article
The original and edited article

The Guardian has amended an article about lockdown which used an image of Charedi Jews – despite it not referencing the Jewish community.

The piece, entitled ‘Covid lockdown a success but UK ‘not out of the woods’ used an image of strictly-Orthodox Jews next to a coronavirus information poster.

When asked why the image was used, the Guardian told Jewish News a footnote has been added to the post, saying: “This article was amended on 9 March 2021 to replace the picture with a more appropriate image.”

This comes after research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimates 64% of the Orthodox Jewish community may have had Covid-19 in 2020, rising to 75% in working-age adults and secondary school children. The high infection rate does not necessarily indicate that the community has not been following the rules and the reason behind it is not yet known.

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