A bad week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 February, 2012, 12:00am


Maya Khan

The self-appointed guardian of Pakistan's morals was fired by Samaa TV after she sparked outrage by trying to catch on camera unmarried couples in a park, a taboo in the conservative Muslim country. Samaa TV said it fired Khan and her team and cancelled the show because she refused to issue an unconditional apology. 'What is the difference between this kind of media vigilantism and that demonstrated by the Taliban?' a detractor asked.

Youssou Ndour

The Grammy-winning singer was refused permission by Senegal's Constitutional Council to contest next month's presidential election. The council said many signatures supporting his application were not valid. The council approved the candidacy of 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade to seek a third term. Ndour will appeal against the council's decision.

Fred Goodwin

Dubbed 'Fred the Shred' because of disastrous decisions as chief of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Goodwin was stripped of his 2004 knighthood. The bank's 2008 acquisition of ABN Amro drove RBS to the brink, saved only by a ?45 billion (HK$540 billion) government bailout. His ?16 million pension caused more anger.