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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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