The Guardian reacts to criticism of their changing (and deleting) coverage of the massacre in Norway.
This article titled “Open door: Keeping readers up to date as the facts become clearer” was written by Chris Elliott, for The Guardian on Sunday 31st July 2011 21.30 UTC
The killings in Norway have prompted a few serious concerns among readers about the nature of the coverage. As the world struggles to come to terms with the deaths of 77 people in a bomb and shooting attack, how far should early analysis go in searching for likely causes?
One reader wrote: “My first issue is with your lack of transparency. Before it was clear who orchestrated the attacks, you published an article that strongly suggested Islamist groups were responsible. This article … has since been entirely reworded [with the headline changing from] ‘Suspicion falls on Islamist groups’ to ‘Norway attacks suggest political motive’ … The Guardian did not admit an earlier mistake but sought to act as though the original article had never happened … “