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Prosecuting hate media for war crimes

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Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda's action against RTLM began on 23 October 2000 - along with the trial against Hassan Ngeze, director and editor of the Kangura magazine.

On 19 August 2003, at the tribunal in Arusha, life sentences were requested for RTLM leaders Ferdinand Nahimana, and Jean Bosco Barayagwiza, They were charged with genocide, incitement to genocide, and crimes against humanity, before and during the period of the genocides of 1994.

On 3 December 2003, the court found all three defendants guilty and sentenced Nahimana and Ngeze to life imprisonment and Barayagwiza to imprisonment for 35 years. The case is currently on appeal.

Somehow, somebody needs to explain to Fred Hiatt and the rest of the media that advocating a war crime is itself a war crime. Indeed, I think you could even make a case that institutional investors who support hate media are war criminals. At some point we have to break through that some things are not subject to debate amongst reasonable persons, that torture is outside of reasonable debate.

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