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Mass. Pair Sues New York Post Over Marathon Bombing Portrayal (Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.” The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Poynter / MediaWire Barhoum is a 16-year-old high school student in Revere, Mass., the Globe reports, and Zaimi “works at a financial services firm while studying business part time.” Both men enjoy running. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Post, well practiced in strongly suggesting things without coming right out and saying them, was deliberate in its wording, which could make the case hard to win: The story read, “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line… Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts… It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.” FishbowlNY The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy. Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny. Read more
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