| German News
publication Der Spiegel and its Internet publication Spiegel Online have
corrected an April 2, 2003 article that referred to Boycott Watch as posting a
checklist of French companies to boycott. The article thereby called Boycott
Watch a partisan in a boycott, something Boycott Watch would never do.
The correction came after a Boycott Watch complaint
was sent to Spiegel Online regarding their article on a boycott of French
products in the US generated hundreds of hate emails from angry Germans.
Boycott Watch looks at boycott calls and posts both
sides of the story on its web site, www.boycottwatch.org so consumers can
decide for themselves what the truth is. As a neutral observer, Boycott Watch
seeks information from both sides of the story, and often speaks to corporate
executives to get their perspective and to get to the truth behind a boycott
story. In many cases, Boycott Watch debunks false boycotts and urban legend.
The corrected version of the Spiegel Online added a
sentence to the article that roughly translates to: "boycottwatch.org goes
according to their own information to represent both sides of such boycott
calls as an independent observer and to allow the consumer to decide
The Boycott watch report mentioned
in the Spiegel Online article is linked to by people on both sides of the
French products boycott, thus giving the boycotters and the anti-boycotters
information they were looking for. The list was compiled from Internet reports,
confirms corporate ownership claim and in some cases corrects information.
Boycott Watch points out that a language barrier may
have contributed to the problem, and thanks its readers, some of whom told us
they would write Spiegel Online as well.
Watch also thanks Spiegel Online for posting the correction.