On Trail of War Criminals, NBC News Is Criticized

Author: Brian Stelter, New York Times, Published on: 10 February 2009

NBC News [part of NBC Universal (joint venture General Electric & Vivendi Universal)], which teamed up with local police officers to trap sex offenders for its...“To Catch a Predator” series, is now using similar tactics to hunt bigger game: war criminals. But one of the first efforts, an investigation of a Maryland college professor on genocide charges, is already attracting criticism... Some human rights advocates...alleg[e] that the evidence of war crimes is insufficient and the collaboration with a foreign government prosecutor is suspect ethically. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, said...“I was worried that a journalist was making false accusations, due to some extent to his close collaboration with the Rwandan government,"... NBC News characterized its investigation of “alleged war criminals and terrorists living in the United States and elsewhere” as an independent one. “Any contact with foreign governments has been consistent with acceptable journalistic practices,” NBC News...said...

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