Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newspaper Repeatedly Promoted Hatred against Women, Jews, Crown Alleges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Newspaper Repeatedly Promoted Hatred against Women, Jews, Crown Alleges

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Crown: Paper pushed hate against women, Jews

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TORONTO - A free newspaper sent unasked to hundreds of thousands of people is filled with articles and imagery that promote hatred toward women and Jews, an Ontario court judge heard Wednesday.

At the opening of the trial of James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine, the prosecution said Your Ward News makes statements about the two groups that are "vile and degrading in the extreme."

"The defendants have tended to promote hatred against Jewish people and women," prosecutor Robin Flumerfelt said.

Sears, 55, the editor-in-chief, and St. Germaine, 77, the publisher, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of wilfully promoting hatred against identifiable groups.

With a circulation of about 300,000, Your Ward News has drawn a barrage of complaints from recipients in and around Toronto and as far as Ottawa. The federal government temporarily barred Canada Post from distributing the publication in 2016 and recently made the ban permanent.

The publication, Flumerfelt said, demonizes feminists as "dangerous people" and calls women "tri-orficed chattels." It brands most feminists as "satanists exhilarated by abortion," claims women are inferior, are "natural liars with no sense of justice," and that feminist behaviour encourages rape.

"Your Ward News describes rape as a social construct," the prosecutor told Judge Richard Blouin. "It promotes the legalization of rape."

The paper also contains repeated claims of a worldwide, blood-thirsty Jewish conspiracy, court heard. Imagery, for example, depicts Jews as devils with serpent tongues and reptilian hands.

Among its themes, the prosecution said, was that Jews were behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Holocaust was a myth invented by Jews to strengthen their control of the world, and the glorification of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

"These are examples of the communications that the defendants made available to hundreds of thousands of homes without being asked," Flumerfelt said, calling their actions an "overwhelming breach" of the Criminal Code. …

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