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December 04, 2003

Three Rwandan media executives have received long prison sentences from a UN Tribunal for inciting genocide through radio stations (Radio Hate, Radio Machete etc) and tabloid papers "filled with cartoons and pictures that targeted for extermination all Tutsis, especially women."

The journalists were convicted for the use of words alone, with the presiding judge telling them that "without a firearm, machete or any physical weapon, you caused the death of thousands of innocent civilians."

Human rights activists seem pleased by the verdict, despite the freedom of speech implications. Libertarians are less impressed.

David Steven @ December 4, 2003 05:58 PM | TrackBack

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