Irfan Yusuf Apologizes to Daniel Pipes
September 17, 2008
On August 18, 2008, the Canberra Times, an Australian
newspaper, published Yusuf's "Justice the remedy required to help
Upon receipt of Mr. Pipes's protest against this sickening misrepresentation, Irfan Yusuf and the Canberra Times agreed to issue a public correction, retraction, and apology, which appeared in the newspaper's print and online editions:
The Canberra Times and Irfan Yusuf accept that Mr Pipes never predicted nor has he ever endorsed a Holocaust of European Muslims, and they unreservedly apologise to him for the errors.
Freelance journalist Jeremy Lott commented sarcastically on this, what he called "soon-to-be-a-classic" apology:
So sorry about accusing you of wanting a second Holocaust, Mr. Pipes. It was an innocent mistake. We hope you understand.
In a more serious vein, Mr. Pipes responded that "Irfan Yusuf has a history of writing inaccurately about me, something I have already noted and corrected. His having embarrassed the Canberra Times should send a signal to responsible media everywhere to decline his tendentious writings."
Brooke Goldstein, head of the MEF's Legal Project, added that "It is unacceptable for a newspaper to publish defamatory lies about Dr. Pipes. It is encouraging, however, that the Canberra Times and Irfan Yusuf have acknowledged their error."
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