Two men featured on the front page of the New York Post during the days following the Boston Marathon bombing are suing the paper for defamation according to the Boston Globe:
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. That evening, authorities released photographs of the suspected bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Barhoum, a 16-year-old Revere High School student, and Zaimi, a part-time college student from Malden, accuse the Post of infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy. The pair are seeking damages, including unspecified monetary compensation.
“The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing,” according to the court complaint. The lawsuit asserts the newspaper subjected the friends to “scorn, hatred, ridicule, or contempt in the minds of a considerable and respectable segment of the community.”
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