Check the register

Sherif Samaha, the manager of the “popular postwar hang-out for journalists” – the Mayflower Hotel in Beirut – is suing The Independent newspaper over an article by Robert Fisk,

After Samaha’s initial complaint, the reference to the hotel was removed from the story published on its website, Secret armies pose sinister new threat to Lebanon. The original uncensored story claimed that if anyone wanted confirmation of the presence of armed militias in Lebanon they could “check the register” of the Mayflower. But Samaha says the removal of the allegation is not enough: “It’s too late. The damage is done.” link

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