Off the Hour / Jan. 20, 5-6pm / Racism in France, 2 Weeks after Charlie Hebdo

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Featured on today’s program:

-Today, nearly 2 weeks after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, we look at civil liberties, racism, and the backlash against Muslims in France. We’ll hear from Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations in Los Angeles.

-CKUT’s James Oscar speaks to Human Right Watch’s Izza Leghtas about Human Rights Watch’s call for a dialogue regarding the French government’s quick turn from espousing Freedom of Speech to the French Minister of Justice’s recent instructions on January 12 to crack down on speech which is deemed to apologize for terrorism. As Human Right Watch has said of has said, of these cases of “gloryfying“ terrorism“ In some cases, people are alleged to have praised the attacks on social media, while others did so when they came into contact with police. According to media reports, the French judiciary had opened 69 cases of alleged “glorification of terrorism” and threats to commit terrorist acts by January 14.

-Then, we bring you the latest edition of Groundwire, community radio news from coast to coast to coast. Today’s edition was produced right here in Montreal by our sister station at Concordia, CJLO.

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