Canadian editor sentenced to prison for promoting Holocaust denial

A Canadian editor was handed a one-year prison sentence on August 22nd for promoting hatred in opposition to Jews and girls in his publication.

James Sears, editor of the quarterly newspaper Your Ward News in Toronto, was sentenced Thursday to two six-month phrases by Judge Richard Blouin of the Ontario Court of Justice.

The publication promoted Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic blood libel claims and printed columns justifying rape. It additionally contained racist, Islamophobic and homophobic messages.

In 2016, the minister in control of Canada’s postal service banned Your Ward News from being distributed by mail.

Noah Shack, vice chairman of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, hailed the conviction as a “second of justice for the hundreds of ladies and Jewish neighborhood members… who’ve been impacted by the poisonous hate-mongering of Your Ward News.”

B’nai Brith Canada additionally praised the conviction. CEO Michal Mostyn mentioned it despatched a “clear message — that repeated and remorseless attempts to spread hate in Canadian society will not be tolerated.”

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