Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has filed a lawsuit against Hawlati newspaper for publishing an article by an American writer, the website of independent twice-weekly Hawlati reported on 18 January.
Note: Please see next post for Michael Rubin's article
The Political Bureau spokesman of Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Mala Bakhtiyar, said: "The whole report is fabricated and untrue and it defames the personality of Mam [honorific] Jalal [Talabani], who is the president of Iraq and the PUK secretary general. Hawlati newspaper published the report intact and ran it as the main headline [of its front page] without verifying it."
Bakhtiyar added: "Hawlati should have consulted us to avoid publishing an untrue report. Hawlati newspaper operates in Kurdistan within the legal framework. They should not have published the report."
Hawlati published a translation of Michael Rubin's article "Is Iraqi Kurdistan a good ally?" on 13 January. Rubin's article was posted on the website of the US think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
The report said the article "dealt with the corruption of Kurdish leadership".