New Zealand newspaper accused of ‘stealing’ the name of a dead man
By CHRISTOPHER J. SANTORUM”This is not a crime, it is a tragedy,” said Peter Tully, a lawyer representing the newspaper.
“The police were called because someone had done this to a deceased person and they didn’t have enough resources to deal with it.”
The incident happened in January in the northern Indian state of Assam.
Tully said the newspaper had published an article by a journalist from the Indian-run television channel, NDTV, which had used a fictional name.
It said that the deceased man had died in a hospital in the state of Bihar in March.
NDTV declined to comment on the incident.
“We’ve got a number of people who have contacted us and they’re concerned that this has happened to them,” said Tully.
The newspaper, which has been publishing stories on politics and culture for more than 40 years, has published dozens of articles on the history of the Hindu Mahasabha.
The paper was also attacked in December for publishing a cartoon of a Hindu man who had stabbed a Muslim man in the head.
“It was a real attack on the paper,” said Kalyan Kumar, an editor at the paper, who had been writing articles for the newspaper since 2007.
“They did not have the resources to cope with it, and we’ve been through it before.
I think that’s the most important thing.”