Editor of Student Newspaper out after Publishing Controversial Articles

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Editor of Student Newspaper out after Publishing Controversial Articles


Bissett, Kevin, The Canadian Press


Editor out after controversial articles

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FREDERICTON - The editor-in-chief of a student newspaper at the University of New Brunswick is out after publishing an op-ed and interview with the head of a group that posted what were described as racist posters on campus.

Anna De Luca had defended her decision to publish the articles in The Baron by saying the newspaper believes in "unfettered freedom of speech and expression."

She could not be reached for comment Thursday, but the paper's board apologized "for the negligence and oversight in these articles being published."

In the articles, Michael Thurlow, leader of the National Socialist Canadian Labour Revival Party, makes comments about Jews and what he calls historical exaggerations and lies involving the residential school system.

The articles were met by a backlash, and on Wednesday, the board of directors of the paper -- which is produced on UNB's Saint John campus -- issued a statement saying Thurlow represents points of view that are harmful and in many cases not factual.

"While the board of this organization appreciates that editors need to be afforded the opportunity to explore journalistic expression, it does not support, nor will it tolerate the publication of what is, at the very least, content deemed as hate speech towards any group," the board wrote.

"The board has taken corrective measures for the actions regarding the publication of these articles, and subsequent comments that were made."

The board later posted a tweet saying business manager Logan Johnson had been appointed as interim editor-in-chief.

"We apologize for the negligence and oversight in these articles being published, and any comments that were made and were perceived to have come from The Baron as a collective voice, as they were not. …

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