UK columnist pays Muslim journalist ‘substantial damages’

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Tue, 2021-03-16 21:35

LONDON: British columnist Julie Burchill has apologized to activist and journalist Ash Sarkar — and agreed to pay her “substantial damages” — for offensive social media posts in December. 

Following the settlement of a libel and harassment case, Burchill said on Twitter and Facebook that her social media activity had “included racist and misogynist comments” and “played into Islamophobic tropes.”

She added: “Although it was not my intention, I accept that my statements were defamatory of Ms Sarkar and caused her very substantial distress.”

In her December posts, Burchill claimed that Sarkar was a terrorist sympathizer and fundamentalist. (Screenshot/YouTube)
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