Media Blunder of the Week

December 28, 2003 15:24 by

AFP and other news agencies reported that British Prime Minister Tony Blair “extended Christmas greetings to Palestinian President Yassir Arafat.” The greetings “included the wish that Palestinians ‘realise their hopes in establishing an independent Palestinian state’.”

But a spokeswoman for Blair denies any such greeting was sent. It seems the official PA news agency, WAFA, just made it up, and once again took the world media for a ride.

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