BPC Bulletin: Kevin J. Johnston Fined $2.5 Million

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

 

In Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, a judge has fined a videographer $2.5 million for making hateful, defamatory remarks about a Lebanese-Canadian restaurateur.

On May 13, 2019, Justice Jane Ferguson ordered Kevin J. Johnston to pay the sum to Mohamad Fakih, the owner and founder of Paramount Fine Foods.

REPORTAGE

Michelle McQuigge of the Canadian Press reports:
https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/judge-awards-businessman-2-5-million-for-suffering-hate-speech-at-its-worst

Meredith Bond of Toronto’s CityNews reports:

https://toronto.citynews.ca/2019/05/13/paramount-fine-foods-owner-awarded-2-5m-in-hate-speech-lawsuit/

Shanifa Nasser of CBC News reports:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/kevin-johnston-paramount-2-5-million-mohamad-fakih-1.5134227

CTV News reports:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl9TIlnwKcg

Mack Lamoureux of Vice reports:
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/597ddk/youtube-pulls-canadian-anti-islam-vlogger-kevin-j-johnston-following-record-defamation-lawsuit-loss

COMMENTARY

At Mississauga.com, Mohamad Fakih comments:
https://www.mississauga.com/opinion-story/9355095-we-can-fight-back-against-those-who-hate/

In the Journal Pioneer, Russell Wangersky comments:
https://www.journalpioneer.com/opinion/columnists/russell-wangersky-youd-better-be-able-to-prove-that-311499/

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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