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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, kneeling center right, prays at the grave of Lebanon's top Shiite cleric, the late Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, at a mosque south of Beirut, Lebanon, July 8, 2010.
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"Twitter Firing was A Mistake For CNN"


July 9, 2010

Author: Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs; Faculty Chair, International Security Program

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security


CNN has fired senior editor Octavia Nasr for tweeting that she was "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah ... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot." Fadlallah was one of the spiritual leaders of Hezbollah, and regarded by the U.S. government as a terrorist. Nasr subsequently clarified that she was referring to Fadlallah's "pioneering" positions on womens' rights (among other things, he issued fatwas condemning honor killings and affirming the right of women to protect themselves from domestic abuse), and she expressed regret for trying to address a complex issue like this in a brief tweet. But in a gutless decision that brings it no credit, CNN has shown her the door....

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