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March 4, 2010

Bangladeshi Cartoonist Part Of Suit

According to a burst of regional wire reports, cartoonist Shishir Bhattacharya -- which I assume without knowing for sure is a spelling derivation on artist and cartoonist Shishir Bhattacharjee -- was one of five individuals related to the news organization Prothom Alo sued by the chairman of the business conglomerate Bashundhara Group earlier today on charges of defamation. Also named were the paper's editor, its publisher, its managing director and an associate editor.

The defendants will be called upon "to explain within three weeks why they would not stop publishing defmatory statements, reports and editorials" against the individual bringing suit as well as individuals and companies with which he's aligned. That's the linked-to news report's language, which doesn't sound promising. The nature of the complaint and its cartoon elements will likely be made more public as the case grinds on.
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