Islamic Group Files Hate-Crime Complaint Against Newspaper

May 10, 2008

Author: Arielle Godbout

Source: Canwest News

A Halifax Islamic group has filed a complaint with the police and the Human Rights Commission of Nova Scotia over an editorial cartoon published in a local newspaper.

The Centre for Islamic Development filed the complaints because the cartoon creates "an environment of hate," said the centre's community relations officer, Will King.

The April 18 cartoon published in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald was of Cheryfa Macaulay Jamal, whose husband was arrested along with 16 other men in a 2006 anti-terrorism raid.

Canadian authorities accused the 17 men of being part of an Islamic terrorist cell planning to bomb a series of targets in southern Ontario.

After the charges against her husband were stayed on April 15 Jamal, a Halifax native, was quoted in the Chronicle-Herald as saying she wanted "millions" in compensation from the federal government.

The cartoon showed Jamal holding a sign that reads "I want millions" and saying, "I can put it towards my husband's next training camp."