After the half-hearted retraction of the Genpets story from last week in Al-Ghad, which stopped short of a clear apology, we now have renowned Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj step in.
In Al-Ghad this morning I was delighted to see a cartoon (or rather an article actually) by Hajjaj, which fully explains the story and exposes the utter ignorance amongst religious authorities, the government and the media, which lead to reports that this is a real living toy and official ban on “importing” it into Arab markets.
The size of the journalistic mistake required the intervention of Jordan’s most famous cartoonist to fix. Now we can at least hope that thousands of misinformed readers will get the straight story.
Still, there was no editorial apology in Al-Ghad accepting responsibility.
Hajjaj’s cartoon ends with a poetic quotation from the famous Arab poet Al Mutanabbi:
“Is religion’s purpose to trim your mustaches? Oh Nation, your ignorance made you the laughing stock of other nations”
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