The Telegraph has run an article "Forget Obama and the EU. The man who should really have the Nobel Peace Prize is an obscure Iraqi cleric" by Colin Freeman, the Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Telegraph.
In the article, Freeman gives his newspapers endorsement for the Nobel Peace Prize, to be given to the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, who resides in Iraq, by claiming the award should be given to a person:
"who has preached peace and between two warring sides.A man who has urged his people never to retaliate, even when provoked by the murders of thousands of their men, women and children".
Colin Freeman and The Telgraph have failed to include the following facts, behind the Conservative Party aligned newspapers decision to endorse the Grand Ayatollah, which are:
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq issued a death fatwa against lesbian and gay people. In a question and answer section of his website, he calls for the killing of homosexuals in the "worst, most severe way".
Males and females who are unmarried by the age of 30 or 35 are placed under surveillance on suspicion of being gay. They will be investigated and warned to get married.
Sistani's main support base comes from the military militia the Badr Organisation, which was trained, armed and based in Iran during the rule of Saddam Hussein.
It consisted of several thousand Iraqi exiles, refugees, and defectors who fought alongside Iran, in the Iran–Iraq War and after the 2003 US/UK invasion, spent most of their time killing unveiled women, those who drink alcohol, listened to western music or wore western clothes.
Colin Freeman and The Telegraph, also make a very clear factual error, by stating that Ayatollah Sistani is an Iraqi citizen, when in 2006, the Grand Ayatollah Sistani, refused the Iraqi Governments offer of citizenship and still retains a full Iranian passport.