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A website publisher has to pay libel fees after falsely claiming a newspaper was paid to interview president Jalal Talabani . (Credit: Press Gazette, screenshot)

Website publisher Alan Merdini is paying newspaper publisher HH Saudi Research, its editor-in-chief and one of its journalists a total of £85,000 in libel payments, Press Gazette reported.

HH Saudi Research publishes “pan-Arab,” Saudi Arabia-based newspaper Asharq Al Awsat.

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Merdini claimed in an article published on independent website kurdistanpost.com that one of the Asharq Al Awsat’s journalists was paid $1 million for “publishing interviews” with Iraq president Jalal Talabani and that the newspaper’s publisher also was paid $1 million in the deal.

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Publisher Libeled Arab Newspaper, Claimed $2 Million Bribe Taken To Interview Iraq Prez

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