Ezra Levant loses libel case, must pay $80,000 to man he defamed as 'illiberal Islamic fascist' - 2014-11-28
In his blogging about Canada's hate speech laws, right-wing personality Ezra Levant defamed a young law student as a serial liar, a bigot and a Jew-hating "illiberal Islamic fascist," bent on destroying Canada's tradition of free expression, a judge has found.
For these unfair, false and "extremely serious" written comments, which were motivated by "ill will," and showed a "reckless disregard for the truth," Mr. Levant must pay Khurrum Awan $80,000, Judge Wendy Matheson of Ontario Superior Court ruled Thursday.
Mr. Awan is now a lawyer in Saskatchewan, but in 2007 he was the public face of a campaign to protest the representation of Muslims in Maclean's magazine. This led to three failed human rights complaints and spurred Canada's first online culture war over the hate speech section of the Canadian Human Rights Act.