In a complaint filed yesterday, a group of Lebanese lawyers claims the British magazine spread fake news about the country’s struggling economy and damaged its reputation. Published Oct. 5, the article details the ongoing shortage of U.S. dollars amid Lebanon’s currency crisis. The group also took issue with The Economist’s “derogatory” illustration showing a cedar tree, Lebanon’s national emblem, collapsing against a red and white background.
What do they want? The lawyers are hoping for the issue to be yanked from local shelves, though human rights groups have taken issue with that request.