Islamic Congress responds to British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal's decision on Human Rights Complaints filed against Maclean's



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Legal Counsel to the Canadian Islamic Congress
(CIC), Faisal Joseph, responded today to the British Columbia Human Rights
Tribunal's decision in the case filed against Maclean's magazine.
    "We are pleased that the Tribunal acknowledged the article in question
contained 'numerous factual, historical, and religious inaccuracies about
Islam and Muslims' and that it attempted 'to rally public opinion by
exaggeration and causing the reader to fear Muslims,'" said Joseph.
    According to Joseph, the Tribunal also notes in paragraphs 94 and 151 of
its ruling that the Maclean's article contributed to the hatred and contempt
of Muslims expressed by "several Internet blogs...which included calls to
exterminate European Muslims with DDT because they were multiplying like
mosquitoes, calls for an end to Muslim immigration, and calls for enough
bullets or nuclear bombs to eliminate the Muslim problem."
    "We are disappointed that the Tribunal did not find that the article
itself subjected Muslims to hate," said Joseph. "However, it did not apply the
same test for establishing hatred and contempt as it did in earlier rulings,"
he added, referring to complaints submitted by the Canadian Jewish Congress
and the B'nai Brith against the North Shore Free Press. "Had the same test
been applied, the result may well have been different."
    "Nevertheless, we feel vindicated that human rights professionals in
Ontario and British Columbia have acknowledged the role of Maclean's in
promoting societal intolerance toward Muslim Canadians," said Joseph. "We hope
that all news media will now take this opportunity to critically examine how
Muslims are represented in their news and editorial coverage."
    The Tribunal's complete decision can be accessed on its website:
http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/decisions/2008/oct-nov-dec.htm





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For further information: Faisal Joseph - Legal Counsel to the Canadian
Islamic Congress, (519) 640-6342

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