Arab News discontinues Andrew Bowen’s column

Updated 30 July 2017
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Arab News discontinues Andrew Bowen’s column

Arab News regrettably announces that it will discontinue publishing articles by US columnist Andrew Bowen.
The reason behind this decision is the columnist insisting that this newspaper deletes previous articles dating back prior to the recent US election where he was in favor of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Bowen, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has repeatedly requested the removal of these articles stating that this is needed for him “to be cleared” for what he claims to be a possible job with the new Donald Trump administration’s State Department.
Mr. Bowen also insinuated — verbally and in writing — that he will seek the support of influential friends and contacts to help remove the articles.
Arab News possesses all correspondence relating to this matter and its position is that such a request is unprofessional journalistically, particularly given that there were no factual errors or libelous comments that require a redaction or correction.
We wish Mr. Bowen the best of luck in his job application.

EDITORIAL NOTE: Further to a formal complaint after publishing, this article — along with a number of Mr. Bowen’s pro-Hilary previous columns- were removed briefly offline. However, upon the completion of an internal review, this and all related articles were restored online unchanged.

• Here is a link to Mr Bowen's complete Arab News archive 

 

 


Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won’t be banned from Facebook

(L-R) Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, Dan Rose, vice president, partnerships at Facebook, and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, attend the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 12, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. (AFP)
Updated 19 July 2018
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Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won’t be banned from Facebook

  • Mark Zuckerberg said offensive content is not necessarily banned unless it is to organize harm or attack someone
  • Germany agreed to increase pensions paid to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe

NEW YORK: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says while he finds Holocaust denial “deeply offensive,” he doesn’t believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.
Speaking with Recode’s Kara Swisher, Zuckerberg, who is Jewish, said in an interview published Wednesday that he thinks there are things “that different people get wrong.” He added that he doesn’t think they are “intentionally” getting it wrong. At this point, Swisher cut in and said that in the case of Holocaust deniers, it may be intentionally wrong.
The remarks sparked criticism, including from the Anti-Defamation League, which said in a statement that Facebook has a “moral and ethical obligation” not to allow people to disseminate Holocaust denial on its platform.
Zuckerberg said offensive content isn’t necessarily banned unless it is to organize harm or attack someone.