Guardian Editor Quits Over Islamist Writer
Scott Burgess reports that The Guardian’s executive editor for news Albert Scardino has resigned, over the controversy involving an extremist Islamic Guardian journalist: Breaking: Guardian Editor Quits Over Sassygate.
Last night I was informed by a journalist that Albert Scardino, the Guardian’s executive editor for news, has resigned as a direct result of Sassygate. My impression from that source’s report is that his position had become untenable because of the split between Mr. Aslam’s supporters and those who wanted him fired (the latter including, to his credit, Ian “Clark County” Katz).
According to that source, Alan Rusbridger has conceded that the Aslam affair and its internal repercussions constitute a significant crisis for the paper.
Today a second source, with close connections to the Guardian, has independently confirmed Mr. Scardino’s resignation. This person also cites the Aslam situation as the primary factor.