Al Faqih and The Guardian

Atticus in the Sunday Times mentions something which has also occured to us:

Guardian has just recovered from its troubles over Dilpazier Aslam, the Islamic radical and trainee reporter who wrote of the London bombings: “We rock the boat: today’s Muslims aren’t prepared to ignore injustice.” So was it wise last week to run a column by Saad al-Fagih, a Saudi dissident who denies links with Osama Bin Laden but is on the UN list of Al-Qaeda sympathisers? “We are a broad church,” says a Guardian spokesman.


1. Did the Comment Editor know that Mr Al-Fagih was included on the United Nations 1267 Committee consolidated list of individuals belonging to or associated with the Al Qaida organisation?

2. Why was the fact that Mr al-Fagih was included on the United Nations list not disclosed with the article?

3. Why did the Guardian publish, without context or criticism, what appears to be a propaganda piece for a theocratic and totalitarian terrorist organisation?

I’m not opening comments on this piece because we’ve already had lots of speculation. I would, however, really like to know the answer to these questions.

If anybody does know, feel free to email me.

Hat tip: Ami