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New Guinea tribe sues New Yorker magazine for $10 million

In an April 21, 2008, New Yorker story, “Vengeance Is Ours,” Pulitzer Prize-winning geology scholar Jared Diamond described blood feuds that allegedly rage for decades among tribes in New Guinea.
Now one of the tribes is suing him and the magazine for libel. They are demanding compensation after the magazine depicted them as rapists, murderers, and pig thieves.

A two-page complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court on Monday seeks $10 million from the New Yorker’s publisher, Advance Publications.
Media Blog could have warned New Guineans not to trust the accuracy and fairness of everything one reads in The New Yorker.

Tom GrossTom Gross is a former Middle East correspondent for the London Sunday Telegraph and the New York Daily News.


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