Political Scientist Becomes Cause Célèbre

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Science  11 Aug 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5481, pp. 846-847
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5481.846b

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BERN-- On 11 May, a criminal court in Vienna found one of Austria's most prominent political scientists, Anton Pelinka, guilty of defaming former Freedom Party leader Jörg Haider. Haider, an outspoken populist who has made questionable comments about Nazism, accused Pelinka of defaming him for asserting in an interview on Italian television in May 1999 that some Haider statements had "trivialized" Nazism. In the 3 months since the judgment, an array of academic and human rights groups have rushed to Pelinka's defense.