Islamic Society of Boston Lawsuit Proceeds

September 30, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 30, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "A judge ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by the Islamic Society of Boston asserting that news media outlets and other individuals had conspired to publish false and defamatory information about mosque leaders could go forward. The Islamic Society sued a group of individuals and entities including the Boston Herald, WFXT-TV (Channel 25), a pro-Israel group The David Project, and terrorism specialist Steven Emerson asserting that they coordinated a campaign falsely linking mosque officials to Islamic extremism and terrorist groups in television and newspaper stories. The plaintiffs say that the connections were fabricated and that the stories have interfered with their right to the free exercise of their religion. They also said the stories stalled development of their planned Roxbury mosque, drying up donations to the project."