In The Independent (Friday, April 15th), Robert Fisk, the newspaper’s correspondent in the Middle East, published a feature article about the Arab revolutions and demonstrations.
It was also published in the newspaper’s website under the heading “The Arab awakening began not in Tunisia this year, but in Lebanon in 2005”.
The article was widely reproduced in the Arab world, especially among Saudis, because of the claims against the Second Deuputy Premier and Minister of Interior, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz.
You should know that at that time Shia protesters in Saudi Arabia were planning a demonstration in March.
The statement that was allegedly issued by Prince Naif was that he ordered security forces in Saudi cities to show no mercy and to use live rounds on unarmed demonstrators.
Several social networking websites have featured the statements “struck with iron fists”, and “should be shown no mercy”.
Prince Naif was filed charges against the UK paper, and apparently he won!
The court has ordered the newspaper to pay him over the damage. Furthermore, a correction and an apology has been published in the newspaper.
Prior to that, an earlier correction published on May 4 by The Independent said: “Prince Naif has responded that the order is a forgery, was not issued by him and that he would never issue such an order.”
Prince Naif says that the damages, paid by The Independent, (the amount of which is unknown) will be denoted to charity (What kind of charity exactly, that as well we’ll never know!).
The Independent’s lawyer Hellen Morris said “Both The Independent and Robert Fisk offer their sincere apologies to Prince Naif for the damage and distress caused by the article and the inevitable coverage it received,”
While writing this quick post over hearing about this outrageous accusations and allegations, Marlyin Monroe’s lavish saying kept resonating in my head “It’s all make believe, isn’t it?”…