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Calibri, politics and scandals

Microsoft's Calibri, wich was designed by Lucas DeGroot in 2007, was involved in some political intrigue in 2017. The story made headlines in The New Yorker on July 31, 2017.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was linked to the 2016 Panama Papers, an archive of 11.5 million documents from the Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca which revealed that some of Sharif's children were listed as beneficiaries for previously undisclosed offshore companies with real estate holdings in London. Sharif was accused of tax sheltering, money laundering, and acquiring such wealth through unethical means, given his political position. In an effort to clear her family name, Sharif's daughter, Mariam Safdar, released documents that claimed she was not a beneficiary of these companies, but merely a trustee. But forensic handwriting and document expert Robert W. Radley pointed out that Safder's documents were dated to 2006, while the Calibri font that was used was only released in 2007. The Panamagate Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has since accused Safdar of presenting fake documents. BBC calls the affair Fontgate.

In a parallel development, R. Eric Thomas noted that Donald Trump Jr.'s emails are set in Calibri as well and writes: Honestly, I just hate Calibri. I'm a serif queen, what can I say? Letters should have hats and shoes and I won't apologize for my opinions. Make Fonts great again.

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