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Jon Snow corrects claim DUP 'demand' ban lifted on Orange marches

By Jonathan Bell

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow has corrected a misleading assertion he made that the DUP was to demand the lifting of a ban on Orange Order marches.

Jon Snow posted on social media that the DUP is demanding "the unbanning of sectarian" marches as part of their deal to support a minority Conservative government.

The misleading tweet posted on June 12 came after the Drumcree parade controversy emerged again.

Portadown Loyal Orange Lodge 1, which is currently prevented from marching down the flashpoint Garvaghy Road, had issued a statement before the DUP and Tories met to discuss a deal. In it, the Orangemen indicate that they want Theresa May to allow the banned loyalist march as part of the agreement.

In a statement, the lodge had said: "We trust that the parading issue, especially in Portadown, will be high on the agenda for the new Government."

It also urged the DUP to promote the values of the "unionist people and the Orange fraternity".

Mr Snow, however, claimed it was a DUP demand for "sectarian marches" to be allowed, after he re-tweeted a comment from an account holder known as 'wee round Ian'.

He was heavily criticised and was accused of posting 'fake news' about the DUP.

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"I must correct myself, the DUP have NOT “demanded the unbanning of sectarian marches as part of the deal” contrary to my tweet of 12 June," Mr Snow tweeted on Wednesday.

"In fact, a branch of the Loyal Orange Lodge has expressed hope that the parading issue will be high on the agenda for the new government."

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