The BBC has admitted there were “significant inaccuracies” in its coverage of a Walthamstow protest against British airstrikes in Syria last year.
Around 200 people attended the E17 Peace Vigil on December 2, 2015, in opposition to government plans to bomb Islamic State-held targets in Syria.
Residents of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, staged a march from Queens Road Mosque to Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy’s office in Orford Road, where a vigil was held.
However, claims soon arose online protesters had targeted Ms Creasy’s home address, with the story gaining coverage in a number of national newspapers.
The issue was also discussed on several BBC platforms, including Radio 4’s Today Programme, as part of a review of morning papers.
During the show, reporter Nick Robinson interviewed Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell about divisions in the Labour Party in relation to the Syria vote.
He referenced the belief the demonstration had taken place outside Ms Creasy’s home and had been an instance of bullying and intimidation, a claim Mr McDonnell did not contest.
A report into the matter published last week by the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit (ECU), concluded the corporation did not do enough to clarify inaccuracies in its coverage.
The report said: “The December 7 edition of Today included a correction which made the venue of the demonstration clear but did not address the question of intimidation.
“The ECU found that the December 3 programme had been duly accurate in its review of the papers, but inaccurate in the references to the matter during the interview with Mr McDonnell.
“The December 7 correction had left a significant element of inaccuracy to stand.”
A number of national media outlets had also suggested the protest was an act of intimidation.
The Daily Mail described protesters as a “mob”, while The Sun branded them: “Jeremy Corbyn’s bully-boy supporters masquerading as ordinary Walthamstow residents.”
Ms Creasy, who was not in her constituency on the night of the march, later voted in favour of British intervention in Syria.
One of the vigil’s organisers, Canon Steven Saxby, said: "The misrepresentation of the vigil was an insult to the hundreds of people who walked peacefully that evening to raise their voice against the bombing of Syria.
“The BBC’s acknowledgement that it misreported the vigil on the Today Programme is a welcome step.
“I look forward to further acknowledgement that it did so across various media platforms at the BBC.”