Mohammed Fakih, owner of Paramount Fine Foods donated $25,000 to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network after winning a defamation lawsuit against Ranendra (Ron)Banerjee.
Banerjee had made disparaging remarks against Paramount Fine Foods and Mohamad Fakih, in an online video last year while standing with Kevin Johnston of Freedom Report.
As part of the settlement, Banerjee released another video in which he apologized for his comments.
“I have learned that it was wrong to attack Mr. Fakih because of his religion or where he is from. Such hate has no place in Canada,” he said. “I hope everyone seeing or reading this apology learns from my mistake.”
Fakih said in a statement that he was pleased with the apology.
“It sends a strong message that people cannot get away with defaming others and sharing fabricated statements online that risk people’s sense of safety and well-being,” he added.
“I have been very concerned for my family since this whole ordeal began and continue to be worried.”
The message is clear. Anyone thinking of saying anything that could be construed as hate speech risks being charged. Free speech evidently has its limits. -CINEWS