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The Economist apologises to Rachid Ghannouchi

The London-based Economist magazine on Oct 22nd 2011 issued an apology to Mr Rachid Ghanouchi for ascribing false statements to him. The apology read:

"IN OUR briefing last week on women and the Arab awakening ("Now is the time"), we said that Rachid Ghannouchi, the leader of Tunisia's Nahda party, opposes the country's liberal code of individual rights, the Code of Personal Status, and its prohibition of polygamy. We also said that he has threatened to hang a prominent Tunisian feminist, Raja bin Salama, in Basij Square in Tunis, because she has called for the country's new laws to be based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


We accept that neither of these statements is true: Mr Ghannouchi has expressly said that he accepts the Code of Personal Status; and he never threatened to hang Ms bin Salama. We apologise to him unreservedly."

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