Monday, June 7, 2010

Fox News confuses Rwanda's presidential election with the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda

Rwandan presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.   Professor Peter Erlinder went to Rwanda to defend her, but Fox News seems to think he went to defend alleged perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.

Fox News reached new extremes of irresponsibility today by reporting thatProfessor Peter Erlinder is in Kigali, Rwanda, to defend “the alleged perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide.”  Professor Erlinder is in Rwanda to defend opposition presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza against charges of genocide ideology, a speech crime unique to Rwanda which means challenging the received history of the Rwanda Genocide, a crime he himself was arrested for within days of arriving in Rwanda to defend Ingabire.

Fox News, in its own words:

Erlinder, who has not spoken to friends or family since being detained, was in Rwanda defending alleged leaders of the country’s 1994 genocide, but Friday the judge charged him with denying genocide and with publishing articles threatening the country’s security.”

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