WTF Friday, 12/7/2012

This one’s a genuine “WTF?”

Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal (currently trying individuals for mass atrocities committed during the 1971 independence war) is not pleased with The Economist.

An order issued by Tribunal Chairman Mohammad Nizamul Huq accuses the publication of interfering with an ongoing trial and invading the privacy of a judge. According to the order, Justice Huq’s computer was hacked, and soon afterwards, an Economist journalist called and asked him about private email exchanges regarding the work of the tribunal.

Huq’s not taking this one lying down; his order threatens “punitive action” and demands that the paper respond with an explanation for its conduct within 3 weeks. The Economist has not commented on the situation.

Kate Cronin-Furman


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