Wednesday, February 16, 2005

MURDOCH PRESS APOLOGISE AGAIN: The Sun and The Sunday Times have made formal public apologies for linking Yusuf Islam to terrorist groups. The singer - who still carries the words "formerly known as Cat Stevens" with him wherever he goes - has announced his intention to give his damages to tsunami relief.

After he was awarded the libel damages on Tuesday, Mr Islam said: "It seems to be the easiest thing in the world these days to make scurrilous accusations against Muslims, and in my case it directly impacts on my relief work and damages my reputation as an artist.

"The harm done is often difficult to repair."

Interestingly, though, the Sunday Times don't really seem to be all that serious in their apology:

Sunday Times managing editor Richard Caseby said there had been an "agreed settlement".

"The Sunday Times always denied liability and we disagreed with Cat Stevens' lawyers interpretation of the article, but we took a pragmatic view of the case, " he said.

- that doesn't actually seem to be a very genuine sorry to us.