Press Release: Editor of Hateful Newspaper Sentenced to 12 Months

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August 22, 2019

Press Release: Editor of Hateful Newspaper Sentenced to 12 Months

TORONTO, ON – Today, Justice Richard Blouin sentenced the editor of Your Ward News, James Sears to two consecutive six-month sentences for the willful promotion of hatred against an identifiable group – Jews and women

In response, Noah Shack, Vice President, GTA, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:

“Today’s sentencing is a moment of justice for the thousands of women and Jewish community members from across the GTA who have been impacted by the toxic hatemongering of Your Ward News.

“Mr. Sears has a long record of promoting grotesque antisemitic conspiracy theories, misogyny, homophobia and racism. I am proud that the Jewish community played a key role in bringing James Sears and Your Ward News to account before the law.

“Those who promote hatred must be held accountable. What starts with words can often lead to violence. We can preserve freedom of expression while taking action, in rare and exceptional cases, to disrupt those who systematically promote this toxic propaganda.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

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BACKGROUND:

  • CIJA is committed to combatting antisemitism in all of its forms. Your Ward News, a hateful and blatantly antisemitic paper, has long been a source of deep concern to members of the Toronto Jewish community.
  • In Toronto, the Jewish community was the most frequently targeted group in 2018 (50 incidents).
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