Blog Post Causes Diplomatic Row

For what must be the first time in history, a blog has figured prominently in an international diplomatic incident.

U.N. envoy Jan Pronk was expelled from Sudan today after he reported setbacks for Sudan's armed forces on his personal blog , the New York Times reports:

Sudan's action against him was apparently provoked by an entry he made in his personal blog — www.janpronk.nl — last weekend that said Sudan's armed forces had suffered two major defeats with extensive casualties against rebels in Darfur in the past six weeks. He also reported that generals had been cashiered, that morale had sunk and that the government had collaborated with the feared Janjaweed Arab militias, which are held responsible for pillaging villages and killing and raping their residents.

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