‘Bag Men’ Pictured on Front Page of NY Post File Defamation Lawsuit

New York Post 'Bag Men'

In an all-too-clear display of how journalistic carelessness can lead to big legal troubles, the two “Bag Men” who were shown on the front page of the New York Post following the Boston Marathon bombings have filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper on Wednesday of this week.

Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, both suspected of being the bombers at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past April, were later discovered to be innocent. The two appeared in the paper with red circles around their heads.

NY Post Circled Men

While law enforcement officials where looking at the two men (along with others) from captured surveillance video, Barhoum and Zaimi were never named as suspects. So why were they, without delay, posted on the front page of a major newspaper?

“We stand by our story,” New York Post editor Col Allan tells The Washington Post. He also points out that the paper “did not identify them as suspects.”

But the way the paper went about the story is considered by many to be unethical. It completely disregards those pictured, and the potential negative effects a story as serious as a bombing could cause.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this case plays out.

Image credits: Photographs by New York Post

  • Renato Murakami

    For the sake of journalistic responsibility this had to be done, and I really hope they win.

  • Trythe1

    And they still stand by their story!? These people don’t need a slap on the wrist, they need a good slap in the face

  • Rob S

    I hope they take this paper version of Fox News down so hard they never get back up.

  • CrackerJacker

    Unethical? The New York Post? Say it ain’t so!!!

  • Swade

    I think you mean the paper version of NBC.

  • Eric S

    Clearly you don’t know who owns both the Post and Fox News…

  • Bestofluckguys

    I hope Mr. Barhoum and Mr. Zaimi are successful with their lawsuit against the New York Post. I’ll gladly contribute to their campaign.
    The people at Reddit and 4chan need a lawsuit thrown at them for their despicable behavior. Internet vigilantism serves does us no good as a society.

  • Richard Ford

    Really? Tell that to the netizens in China…..maybe google about govt leader abuses young girl in restaurant toilet for starters.

  • Ziz

    And how is that related to irresponsible witch hunt? Would you like if people started pointing you out as a suspect in such a case? Just because some people at Reddit help China doesn’t give them an excuse from behaving irresponsibly.

  • Richard Ford

    “Internet vigilantism serves does us no good as a society.”

    Yes it does. Not talking about the article or the paper. I replied to bestofluck guys. Please learn context and what a “threaded” discussion is. M’kay.

  • Videre Licet

    Trash is trash, it doesn’t matter who owns it. The era of old news outfits has long ended, what we have left today is just plain garbage that would barely be fit for the tabloids of yesterday, regardless of their political affiliation, if any.

    That said, I’m not at all surprised that the lamestream media stoops to these kinds of shenanigans to remain in circulation – what really amazes me is that anybody is reading that at all… Anybody able to read, that is. It shows that reading (and talking) is more of a physical ability than mental one.

  • Videre Licet

    Yes, it does… until WE become the target. But that can never happen to us, can it?

    The problem is not whether this guy or that deserves it or not, the problem is that we can only really protect everybody’s rights by protecting the rights of the least sympathetic among us. One doesn’t need look to far to see the examples of what the society can turn into otherwise.

  • Nadia

    The newspaper is right, they just exercised their free speech. If they said something wrong, it’s bad journalism, but that’s all. I don’t think anyone has a right to not be defamed, no one should have a right to reputation, free speech must be unlimited.

  • el1jones

    So you won’t mind if I take out a giant ad in the NY times, with your picture, stating “I think this person is a complete idiot!”. Now I’m not saying that’s true for real, but I’m pretty sure you would argue that is not true, and completely unethical.