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Former CBC Radio Host Lesley Hughes Settles Anti-Defamation Lawsuit After 4 Years


Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation host and Liberal Party candidate for the Canadian Parliament has settled a 4-year old anti-defamation lawsuit regarding charges of anti-semitism for remarks made about the 9-11-01 plane crashes into the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon in Washington DC.

Among other comments made by Hughes which drew the charges that eventually resulted in her being forced to withdraw as a candidate for Parliament included the following: "Hughes wrote that the shock and sorrow indulged in by corporate media, privately owned newspapers, television and radio chains following the 9/11 attacks was hard to swallow, coming from the same media that ... couldn't wait to send young Canadians into a war on terrorism, which they hardly bothered to investigate."

She also mentioned that a large Israeli-owned firm, which had offices in the Towers, vacated the premises a week before the attacks, breaking a lease to do so.

Hughes sued a federal cabinet minister by the name of Peter Kent, the Canadian Jewish Congress, B’Nai Brith of Canada and four senior members of the two Jewish organizations. She says senior members of the two Jewish organizations went to the party on Sept. 25, 2008, citing six-year-old articles and persuaded them to revoke her candidacy on the grounds she was anti-Semitic and unfit for public office.

Hughes also stated that Kent, then a Tory candidate aissued a news release on Sept. 26, 2008, in which Kent said Hughes holds "extreme, anti-Israel 9/11 conspiracy theories".

Hughes said the following in a press release announcing the settlement.

"In a public statement*, B’Nai Brith, the former Canadian Jewish Congress and Minister of the Environment Peter Kent (Conservative/Thornhill) have accepted and affirmed that Hughes is not an anti-Semite and does not condone conspiracy theories which oppress Jewish and other minority groups.

“It is an immense relief to see the end of this ordeal,” Hughes said.“My deepest hope through it all has been to clear my name, and to advance the protection of journalists to write freely and without fear.”



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