Monday, May 12, 2008  
Cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon Investigated by Cops, Human Rights Commish

:: Posted by BK @ 5/12/2008 12:50:00 a.m.

Bruce MacKinnon, editorial cartoonist of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, is at the centre of a new controversy being investigated by police and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Tribunal.

A MacKinnon cartoon that appeared April 18, depicting Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal, the wife of Qayyum Abdul Jamal, one of the so-called "Toronto 17" --men arrested in 2006 on the grounds that they were members of a terrorist cell-- has been accused by the Halifax-based Centre for Islamic Development, represented by Will King and Zia Khan, of inciting hatred.

The cartoon depicts Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal with a a sign declaring "I want millions" --a reference to her reported intent to sue the federal government after charges against her husband were stayed. The cartoon also depicts Jamal as saying "I can put it towards my husband's next training camp" --a reference to the alleged terrorist activities of the Toronto 17.

MacKinnon recently won the Atlantic Journalism Award for editorial cartooning.

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