Syria: AP Journalist Denies Blaming Chemical Attack on Rebels

Syria: AP Journalist Denies Blaming Chemical Attack on Rebels

Associated Press journalist Dale Gavlak, an American living in Jordan, has denied that she wrote an article that was posted several weeks ago on the site MintPress News. The article, which bears the headline “Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack,” had originally been attributed to Gavlak. It advances the claim that rebels in Syria have taken full responsibility for last month’s chemical weapon attacks in Damascus. Gavalak maintains that “There was no fact finding or reporting by me for the piece” and has made”“repeated demands” that her byline be removed.

But the site’s founder, Mnar Muhawesh, continues to insist that Gavlak suggested the story to MintPress before writing the article “in its entirety,” and that she indeed conducted her reporting from Jordan.

Curiously, Gavalak does admit that it was still a friend of hers in Jordan, journalist Yahya Ababneh, who was the actual author of the article. Her role, she clarifies, was simply to help him translate the story from Arabic to English. She also revealed that, because of the article, she has been suspended by the Associated Press.

Written by Chris Bacavis


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