Yesterday we published an article regarding the movement of weapons onboard British C-17s from the UK to Ukraine.
That happened, so what’s the problem you ask?
I am guilty of an error in judgement. I included my opinion that Germany appeared to be denying British cargo aircraft permission to fly through German airspace. That was wrong.
Regardless of the reason for British cargo aircraft avoiding German airspace (the official reason, by the way, is that the UK did not ask for permission and as such, Germany did not refuse), it was wrong to include speculation regarding this in a news article. We may never know the reason permission wasn’t sought from Germany to allow these flights but it’s not acceptable for me to offer my own personal opinion in the context of a news article.
On top of placing speculation into a news article, I published the speculative sentence before hearing confirmation. That was also wrong.
I was wrong to do these things and I am sorry to all of you, this falls far below the standards I aim for. I hope some of you give us a second chance.
Thanks for reading,