Thursday, 8 July 2010

CNN sacks veteran editor over remark

CNN has sacked a veteran Middle East editor after she wrote on Twitter that she "respected" the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.

Ms Octavia Nasr wrote: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."

That remark ended the two decades career of CNN's senior editor of Middle East affairs because her credibility had been "compromised".

In Lebanon and in the Shia community worldwide Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah was a spiritual giant whose teachings and writings placed him at the highest level possible.

The Ayatollah wrote more than 40 books and treatises. His rich legacy also includes charitable institutions and theological schools through which he will be long remembered.

He took a strong stand on many women's issues, and set up a number of women's centres.

Some of the fatwas (religious edicts) he issued were against female circumcision and "honour" killings, and he ruled that women had the right to hit back if beaten by their husbands. He also opined that abortion could be permitted in cases where a woman's health was at risk.

Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah openly spoke against Israeli occupation and American foreign policy in the region ie American presence in Lebanon.

As such, he is said to have inspired Hezbollah.

No one is permitted to respect such a man, in the West.

If you do, then the response is immediate.

A perfect example of "complete freedom of speech".
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