Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Journalist suspended from NPC for asking tough question to Saudi Prince

Sam Husseini, communications director for the Insitute of Public Accuracy, was repremanded on Friday last for his tenacious questioning of Prince Turki al-Faisal, of Saudi Arabia.

The journalist undauntedly queried;

"There’s been a lot of talk about the legitimacy of the Syrian regime, I want to know what legitimacy your regime has sir. You come before us, representative of one of the most autocratic, misogynistic regimes on the face of the earth. Human Rights Watch and other reports of torture detention of activist, you squelched the democratic uprising in Bahrain, you tried to overturn the democratic uprising in Egypt and indeed you continue to oppress your own people. What legitimacy does you regime have – other than billions of dollars and weapons?",

Eventually choosing to go the offensive route, the prince explained that the US had only passed suffrage for women in 1910 after 121 years of legitimate government while Saudi Arabia in only it's 81st year as a recognised state, allows women to not only vote, but participate in elections and become members of the Shura Council.

Husseini was later informed that he would be suspended from the National Press Club, (a club whose aim is 'to be the world's leading professional organisation for journalists') for two weeks for his breach of house rule number 4 through his use of boisterous or unseemly conduct.

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