Following a wave of objections towards Huffington Post’s publication of a propaganda piece written by a Mujahedin-e Khalq affiliate, the website deleted the post immediately.
According to a Thursday report published by Habilian Foundation website, the propaganda piece was written by a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance, the political arm of the MKO terrorist group, mainly to exaggerate their 23 June rally in Villepinte.
MKO terror group claims that tens of thousands of Iranians gathered in Villepinte from across Europe; however, some recorded films revealed something contrary to their assertions. The videos show a great number of people of other nationalities, including African and Polish nationalities, in the rally which were not captured by MKO’s cameras.
The publication sparked a wave of criticism from several American journalists and authors, including Glenn Greenwald, Robert Mackey of New York Times, Hooman Majd, New York-based Iranian journalist and author, and several others
“After several others noted the oddity that HuffPost was publishing pieces from a designated Terrorist group, HuffPost deleted the piece,” wrote Greenwald on Salon.com.
“If one goes now to the URL where the post first appeared, one finds this: ‘Editor’s Note: This post is no longer available on the Huffington Post,’” added Greenwald.
He added that no explanation was given for the deletion, but a HuffPost spokesperson, Rhoades Alderson, responded to his inquiry about it as follows:
It was published by mistake. By policy, we don’t publish blog posts by people affiliated with designated terrorist organizations. The blog editor who published it was unaware that NCRI is MEK’s political arm. When the mistake was discovered the post was removed.