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Channel 4 News Reprimands Cathy Newman After False Claim She Was "Ushered" From A Mosque

Newman has not been allowed on air since Monday, BuzzFeed News understands. The editor of Channel 4 News expressed his "disappointment" with Cathy Newman over her tweets.

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The editor of Channel 4 News has told Cathy Newman he was disappointed with her claim that a mosque in Streatham "ushered" her out, after CCTV footage emerged that showed her leaving the mosque unescorted.

In a letter to the South London Islamic Centre, Ben de Pear said: "I have spoken to her [Newman] at length and expressed my disappointment at her actions.

"Her language was poorly chosen and caused your mosque untold and undeserved hurt."

Channel 4 has refused to deny rumours that the presenter has also been disciplined by ITN.

BuzzFeed News understands that she has not been allowed on air since Monday, and has been visibly absent since the beginning of the week. She will be hosting tonight's programme with Jon Snow.

Newman tweeted that she was "ushered" out of the South London Islamic Centre despite being "respectfully dressed".

It later emerged that she had been sent to report on the Visit My Mosque campaign, organised by the Muslim Council of Britain, where mosques opened their doors to introduce themselves to the local community. But instead of going to the Hyderi mosque, which was expecting her, she turned up at the wrong mosque.

Newman released a series of tweets this morning apologising for her actions, and said she would be "taking a break from Twitter".

1/4 I have written to South London Islamic Centre and offered my sincere apologies for tweets sent in haste after I visited there in error.

Cathy Newman@cathynewmanFollow

1/4 I have written to South London Islamic Centre and offered my sincere apologies for tweets sent in haste after I visited there in error.

10:36 AM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

2/4 I accept my tweets were inappropriate and regret the use of the word “ushered”.

Cathy Newman@cathynewmanFollow

2/4 I accept my tweets were inappropriate and regret the use of the word “ushered”.

10:37 AM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

3/4 My language was poorly chosen and has caused a great deal of offence. I deeply regret that this happened.

Cathy Newman@cathynewmanFollow

3/4 My language was poorly chosen and has caused a great deal of offence. I deeply regret that this happened.

10:37 AM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

4/4 I shall now be taking a break from Twitter.

Cathy Newman@cathynewmanFollow

4/4 I shall now be taking a break from Twitter.

10:37 AM - 12 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

These were the tweets Newman released after turning up to the mosque. The incident was later reported by a number of newspapers.

Well I just visited Streatham mosque for #VisitMyMosque day and was surprised to find myself ushered out of the door...

Cathy Newman@cathynewmanFollow

Well I just visited Streatham mosque for #VisitMyMosque day and was surprised to find myself ushered out of the door...

1:02 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I was respectfully dressed, head covering and no shoes but a man ushered me back onto the street. I said I was there for #VisitMyMosque mf

Cathy Newman@cathynewmanFollow

I was respectfully dressed, head covering and no shoes but a man ushered me back onto the street. I said I was there for #VisitMyMosque mf

1:07 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A spokesperson for the mosque claimed that following Newman's remarks, it received "threatening voicemails" which it then reported to police.

But footage obtained by the Huffington Post UK showed that Newman left the building unescorted.

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Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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