PHILADELPHIA — The Bangladeshi newspaper that busted a global news story has been forced to shut down its website and pay its staff $2 million.
The Dhaka Tribune reported in January that an anonymous source in the United States was behind the publication of a story about a group of men suspected of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl.
It reported that a group called the Dhaka Youth Forum had issued a threat of a mass murder of the 16-month-old’s family.
The newspaper also reported that Dhaka police had arrested an accused man in the case, but later said the investigation was ongoing.
The article did not specify how many people had been arrested in connection with the case.
The Daily Mail reported in February that the Daily Tribune was facing a possible $2.8 million lawsuit over a story it published in March 2016 that alleged a mob of Muslim men kidnapped, tortured and murdered an Indian man in a Dhaka park and dumped his body in the river.
The newspaper has said it has no record of the man’s identity.