Newsweek retracts story

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

“Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay,” read the one-sentence statement from editor Mark Whitaker.

The retraction comes a day after Newsweek acknowledged parts of the article sourced to an unidentified US official might not be accurate.

The article in Newsweek’s May 9th issue, claiming a US report found that a Koran had been throw into a toilet to upset Muslim prisoners, led to anti-American protests in Islamic countries.

Last week at least 16 people in Afghanistan were killed in violent clashes sparked by the report.

But the magazine’s climb down hasn’t appeased its critics.

In a rare show of unity, both the US administration and Islamic groups have rejected the magazine’s apology.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described the story as appalling, admitting it had created a major problem for Washington in the Muslim world.

The White House had said Newsweek’s apology didn’t go far enough.

“There is a certain journalistic standard that should be met, and in this case it was not met,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

“People lost their lives. People are dead,” said US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. “People need to be very careful about what they say, just as they need to be careful about what they do.”

The Pentagon was also quick to condemn the Newsweek story.

“The unfortunate part about it is you can’t go back and undo or retract the damage that they’ve done, not only to this nation but those who have been hacked, injured and some even killed as a result of these false allegations,” said spokesman Bryan Whitman.

In Pakistan, an alliance of six conservative Islamic parties also rejected Newsweek’s retraction.

Alliance leader, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, said it was “a crude attempt, both by the weekly magazine and the American authorities to defuse the anger of the Muslims across the world”.

Insulting the Koran or the Prophet Muhammad is regarded as blasphemy and punishable by death in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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