A special UN Tribunal has convicted three Rwandian media executives of genocide for publishing the stories that helped generate a massacre of Rwanda’s Tutsi minority. Atrios adds a one-word commentary: Good!
I tend to agree. But I’m waiting for all the defenders of freedom of the press who were upset when the IRC shut down al-Arabiya for helping Saddam Hussein incite murder in Iraq why this case was different. If you can punish “speech” as murder afterwards, why can’t you stop it at the time?
Update Juan non-Volokh thinks the convictions were “richly deserved,” but worries — reasonably, I think — about the risk that the precedent set in this case might be extended to what he calls “less stark” cases.