ADL Statement on CNN's Octavia Nasr

New York, NY, July 7, 2010 ... Shortly after learning of Octavia Nasr's tweet about the death of Hezbollah's spiritual advisor, Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, the Anti-Defamation League contacted CNN to express concern about the clear impropriety of a journalist to express such a partisan viewpoint about a vocal supporter of terrorism.

We welcome CNN's statement recognizing that Nasr's tweet was "an error in judgment" and making clear that her action did not meet the network's editorial standards. Nasr herself has recognized that the tweet was a mistake, saying "It's something I deeply regret" and that "I'm sorry because it conveyed that I supported Fadlallah's life's work. That's not the case at all."

We commend CNN for taking this as a serious matter and dealing with it immediately.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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