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February 17, 2008

Beeb Apologizes for Mughniyeh-Hariri Comparison

Humphrey Hawkesley called Imad Mughniyeh (above), responsible for numerous international bombings and the kidnapping and killings of several Westerners, a "great national leader"/Photo from FBI

The Jerusalem Post reports today:

In an uncommon act of journalistic contrition, the BBC has apologized for equating former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and Hizbullah terror chief Imad Mughniyeh as "great national leaders."

The BBC took the unusual step after Don Mell, The Associated Press's former photographer in Beirut, lambasted the parallel, drawn by BBC correspondent Humphrey Hawkesley in a BBC World report last Thursday, as "an outrage" and "beyond belief."

American journalist Mell was held up at gunpoint by Mughniyeh's men as his colleague Terry Anderson, AP's chief Middle East correspondent, was kidnapped in Beirut in March 1985.

Hawkesley's report on what he called "an amazing day for Lebanon," when a memorial rally for Hariri was followed by Mughniyeh's funeral, concluded: "The army is on full alert as Lebanon remembers two war victims with different visions but both regarded as great national leaders."

Posted by TS at February 17, 2008 04:26 AM


Where did the BBC apologise? It must have been very quiet because I can find no reference to it from the BBC.

Posted by: David Guy at February 19, 2008 05:18 AM

They didn't. But lets not let the truth get in the way of good propoganda.

Posted by: KC at March 2, 2008 10:39 AM

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