Gotta Be Careful What You Post Online If You’re a Journalist

From the BBC:

CNN has sacked a veteran Middle East editor after she wrote on Twitter that she “respected” a late senior Lebanese cleric said to have inspired Hezbollah.

A CNN official said Octavia Nasr was leaving the US TV news network because her credibility had been “compromised”.

Nasr has described her 140-character remarks about Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, who died on Sunday, as an “error of judgement”.

She said she had been referring to his “pioneering” views on women’s rights.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/us_and_canada/10549106.stm

The British ambassador to Lebanon is in trouble for the same reason. From the FT:

British ambassador’s praise of Fadlallah criticised
By Ferry Biedermann in Beirut
Published: July 9 2010 19:08 | Last updated: July 9 2010 19:08
Frances Guy, Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon, has been criticised by Israel over a blog posting on the death of the controversial senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah on July 4.

The British Foreign Office has removed the posting, titled “The Passing of Decent Men” from the UK’s Lebanon embassy web page.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/f8ddc190-8b83-11df-ab4d-00144feab49a.html

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *