Rue89 Cleared!

by Joshua Foust on 7/1/2011

(Note: This post was eaten by’s technical hamsterwheel failures over the July 4th weekend. It’s being re-posted from a web archive. Apologies to all who lost comments.)

A Parisian court has cleared French news site Rue89 of all wrongdoing in accurately describing the government of Uzbekistan as a dictatorship.

To recap: back in April, Lola Karimova, the pouty, younger sister to glamorous gangster-ambassador Gulnara Karimova and daughter to famed tyrant of Uzbekistan Islom Karimov, sued the French website when it described her—accurately—as the daughter of a dictator. As everyone could have guessed, the case immediately looked like a loser for Lola, as it drew attention not just to her inexplicably posh lifestyle given her country’s current economic malaise, but to the very horrid nature of her daddy’s government.

In other words, Lola Karimova’s attempt to defend her family’s honor-equivalent has had the opposite effect, exposing her as a shallow fraud of a serious person, and cementing her father’s legacy in French legal history as an abusive tyranny. Justice, such as it is, was served deliciously.

Ozodlik Radiosi has some more details, if you can power through the Uzbek.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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