An ISIS member’s mother is suing two news outlets over their coverage of her, the Press Gazette reported.
The mother of Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, alleges libel by the Telegraph and Times. “Ghanema Emwazi is taking legal action against the titles after they reported that she recognised her son from an IS video but did not tell the authorities,” according to the Press Gazette.
Jihadi John is the nickname for “the notorious, English-speaking, hooded ISIS executioner seen in violent hostage beheading videos,” CNN reports.
Specifically, the mother, Emwazi, is suing over the claims she identified her son in the ISIS video based on the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas‘s reporting and anonymous sources. Emwazi alleges that newspaper article is false and that the Telegraph didn’t contact her for comment, according to the Press Gazette.
“Had this been done, [she] would have stated (as is in fact the case) that she had never seen or heard the videos of Jihadi John and did not know or suspect that her son was Jihadi John until she was informed of media reports to that effect in late February 2015,” the lawsuit says according to Press Gazette.
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The Guardian noted earlier this year: “The family denied reports on Monday that Emwazi’s mother Ghaneyah recognised her son’s voice when viewing the Isis video depicting James Foley’s beheading last August, and neglected to inform the authorities. When reached by phone in Kuwait, Emwazi’s father Jasem said that reports attributed to Kuwaiti government officials were untrue, adding that the information was an outright ‘lie, lie, lie.”
The Times declined to comment to iMediaEthics. iMediaEthics has asked the Telegraph and Emwazi’s lawyers for comment but hasn’t heard back.
The Telegraph‘s story, “Mother of Mohammed Emwazi knew he was Jihadi John from the outset,” now leads to an error page.
UPDATED: 9/28/2015 2:18 PM EST