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#139 Distorted Sermon, Coercive Mattress
Quebec's Bill 62, the dangerous media manipulation of an imam's speech, Dalhousie's free speech controversy and a bizarre mattress saga that people are demanding we respond to.
October 25, 2017

Quebec passes a racist law.

A bunch of media outlets ran a story that used video manipulation and questionable translation to make it look like a Toronto imam was calling for the slaughter of Jews. After he lost his job, his reputation was ruined and there were hateful protests at his mosque, Toronto Star –who ran the original story– exposed the dangerous flaws of the early reporting.

Student leader Masuma Khan faced censure from Dalhousie University for a vulgar, anti-Canada 150 Facebook post and some of the usual free speech purists are conspicuously silent.

And we address listener questions about this weird story in Fast Company about Casper and the online mattress industry.

Massey journalism fellow Naheed Mustafa co-hosts.

Naheed’s Twitter: @NaheedMustafa

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