Taking the fight to combat brazen bigotry: Law must call the shots to stamp out hate

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Daily Telegraph
September 12, 2016

WHAT if the leader of a religious group addressed a public rally in Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith?

Unlikely in our democratic society where we abide by the rule of law?

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Legal notes

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Spectator Australia
September 10, 2016

What if the leader of a religious group addressed a public rally in Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith?Unlikely in our democratic society, where we abide by the rule of law? Wouldn’t or couldn’t happen in the greatest country on the planet where 200 cultures live side by side in peace and tranquillity, embracing diversity and respecting each other’s right to be different? Think again. It does and it did. Right here in Sydney. A virulent outpouring of hatred. A chilling torrent of bile and abuse from a religious leader. All the while warning the targets of his venom about the fury and wrath – and violence – which would be heaped upon them, all supposedly in the name of truth and justice. The hate preacher’s version of truth and justice. And the most disturbing aspect of this appalling display of bigotry and blatant incitement to listeners to unleash acts of violence against the target group? Here was a prominent community leader, in a vicious harangue dripping with vitriol and condemnation, publicly whipping up a crowd to do his bidding and carry out violence against fellow-Australians, and the law turned its back. Worse yet – by completely failing to act, it effectively told him he was free to do it all over again the next morning. Which he and his colleagues have done. More than once.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir leader’s speech reveals our peaceful values are taken for granted

BY VIC ALHADEFF

The Australian
March 2, 2015

IMAGINE if a religious leader stood on the streets of Sydney and openly called for the murder of people of another faith. It happened recently, and barely a word of condemnation was heard.

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The priority should be keeping bigotry at bay

BY VIC ALHADEFF

ABC, The Drum
March 26, 2014

Freedom of speech should never mean giving one the freedom to abuse others on the basis of race. And the likelihood of that happening in our country has just increased, writes Vic Alhadeff.

During my career as a newspaper editor, I kept a faded cutting pinned to the noticeboard above my desk.

Easily overlooked, it was insignificant amidst the maelstrom of articles, photographs and Post-it notes littering the canvass of my journalistic universe, each claiming attention for legitimate reasons.

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