News is being sued by former refugee over it’s story on Islam.
Former asylum seeker Aladdin Sisalem, 37, was upset over the front-page article on November 30, 2015 and lodged a claim with the human rights division of VCAT.
The report, headlined “Islam Must Change” quoted MP Andrew Hastie, who said he had no problem with Muslim Australians, but called for an “honest debate about the ideas driving Islamic extremism”.
A refugee who was the last person detained on Manus Island in 2004 has told a tribunal a newspaper article quoting MPs talking about Islam could “create a civil war”.
The article, entitled “Islam must change”, was published last November and quoted Coalition MPs Andrew Hastie, Michael Sukkar and Josh Frydenberg questioning the need for reform within modern Islam.
In his application before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, former Palestinian Aladdin Sisalem, 37, alleges the Herald Sun article vilified Islam by claiming it was involved in “serious crimes without any proof and calling for my religion to change”…
This is the third court case he has been involved in since 2004, including an anti-discrimination case against his university, RMIT, where he was studying engineering.
In the other case, he protested against the cancellation of his Disability Support Pension.
The cancellation of his pension was linked to his level of impairment and it was noted in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal decision that he had travelled overseas 16 times in five years and had no difficulty in lifting 13kg of luggage into the overhead compartment on a flight.
Mr Sisalem alleged yesterday that the Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, which publishes the Herald Sun, breached three subsections of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 by publishing the article…
Tribunal member Julia Grainger … has reserved her decision.
Once again The Age appears to be cheering recklessly for a muzzle.