CNN Middle East editor leaves after Fadlallah 'tweet'
07-Jul-2010 (10 comments)

WASHINGTON — Octavia Nasr, senior editor of Middle East affairs at CNN, is leaving the US television news network after sending a message on Twitter praising the late Shiite cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.

Nasr, who joined CNN in 1990, said in a "tweet" over the weekend that she was "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."

She followed that up with a blog post on expressing "deep regret" for her "tweet" about the man considered the spiritual guide of Hezbollah and who figured on a US "terrorist" list.

"It was an error of judgment for me to write such a simplistic comment and I'm sorry because it conveyed that I supported Fadlallah's life's work," Nasr wrote. "That's not the case at all."

She said she was referring to Fadlallah's "contrarian and pioneering stand among Shiite clerics on woman's rights."

"This does not mean I respected him for what else he did or said," she said. "Far from it."

Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for CNN International Newsgathering, said in an internal memo forwarded to AFP that she had spoken with Nasr and "we have decided that she will be leaving the company.

"As you know, her tweet over the weekend created a wide reaction. As she has stat... >>>


Freedom of press,

by Bavafa on

Freedom of Press, only, as long as you say what we like you to say.  First Helen Thomas and now Octavia Nasr.  Any one else dare express their personal opinion?




by rtayebi1 on

A bully doesn't have to use physical force, this is just bullying her out. So if I was to say Yasar Arafat was a good looking man, would that make me a terrorist or let's say a gay person. How come nobody gets fired for all the shitty things they say at FOX NEWS. GOD BLESS AMERICA FOR MAKEING ME A BETTER HUMAN



MM: I agree with your assessments regarding Arab leaders

by Bavafa on

Or shall I say Arab puppet/dictators.

But a much sadder phenomena is what has been happening in US and with Americans, with so much access to various news and information around the world, people follow the parrot type news which are really to promote the bigger agenda and this piece of news is a good example of that.

Here is another news related item to the firing





by MM on

I was not expressing my opinion about who is terrorist or not, but how the people view them.  Bush did a good job of bunching up all "Islamic organizations" in one basket as terrorists.  The Arab Shaikhs, instead of building Fantacy Islands in the Persian Gulf or spending $$$ in casinos, could improve the images of Hezbollah or Hamas as political organizations, but they have not.   The image of Hezbollah and Hamas are also tainted because of their close associations with IRI as well as suicide-bombings, .....etc. 


I don't think any body

by Bavafa on

I don't think any body here is suggesting that the US government would have fired her or even pressure the organization to do so. Also for those who use IRI as a yardstick for Freedom of press, ought to know that even China or Cuba perhaps gets a better grade then Iran so the comparison hardly gives any weight in defending this unspoken, unwritten rule that if you go against the wishes of the main powers who control the media in US, you will lose your job.

MM Jaan: with all due respect, please give me a break about "terrorist organization"

Every objective person knows that if it was going to go by the act and spirit of "terrorism" Israel probably would be the biggest terrorist organization. Just the reason that State Dept. gets pressured to put xyz on a State terrorism or take it off, hardly gives it any credibility. I would have thought an objective person like you would not have fallen into the same propaganda.



She was not fired by the government, but the ratings would have!

by MM on

Octavia Nasr spoke her mind and no government came down on her, prisoned her and tortured her.  But rather, her siding with a terrorist organization would have discouraged folks from watching her and CNN.  It is the power of ratings and eventually the advertizing revenues that drove the decision, not the US government. 


Sheila K

mahmoudg: America is not a Terrorist Organization

by Sheila K on

To side with a worldly recognized terrorist organization, may not land you in jail but it can cost your job especially as a reporter. Coming from Iran, I still believe there's more freedom here than many other places in the world especially our homeland. To complain about freedom of speech in the US is bit hypocritical, don't you think so? 


There is Freedom of Press

by mahmoudg on

How many of you express your hatred for America, all things American and Western and are free to roam?  None of you would have been even given a day of reprieve in the IRI or other despotic regimes.  Nasr's comments were irresponsible, and she paid the price, but she is free to choose another venue and I am sure she will be hired elsewhere.  Do not mix up support for terrorism for Freedom of press.  There is a difference between "difference of Opinion" and being thrown in jail, raped, and then hung for an ideology.  America is far from being perfect, but it is also a million miles ahead of regime's such as the Islamic Rapist Republic. 

Sargord Pirouz

Another black mark upon the

by Sargord Pirouz on

Another black mark upon the MSM.


systematic brainwashing

by verytass on

The Israel lobby is systematically brainwashing the world via control of the media. Sadly in US the general population is too ignorant and not inquisitive enough to seek the truth.