Washington – CNN has reportedly fired a veteran editor over a recently published Twitter message. As reported by Reuters, Octavia Nasr, a senior editor for Middle East news, was fired for paying respect to a Lebanese Shi'ite cleric who passed away on Sunday.
Nasr, a 20-year CNN veteran, is quoted in the report as stating of The Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, who the United States has labeled a terrorist, in a Twitter post, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah ... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot.”
Nasr is further quoted by Reuters as stating in a blog post of her firing, “Reaction to my tweet was immediate, overwhelming and provides a good lesson on why 140 characters should not be used to comment on controversial or sensitive issues, especially those dealing with the Middle East.”
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