Support for diversity officer charged after 'kill all white men' tweet
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An open letter has been penned in support of Bahar Mustafa, who has been charged with two counts of malicious communications. The letter, signed by NUS officers and others, rejects "claims that Bahar’s alleged tweet of “#KillAllWhiteMen” is an example of hate speech." It goes on: "We believe that the court summons received by Bahar represents a concerted effort to silence voices critical of racist, sexist, and other oppressive behaviours in British society. "We are acutely aware that Bahar has faced vile abuse and attempts at censorship ever since organising a Goldsmiths Student [sic] Union meeting for those who experience oppression based on their gender or racial identities." The letter highlights: "none of those who have subjected Bahar to racist and sexist abuse online (including rape and death threats) have been charged." Mustafa was charged on Tuesday for one count of one count of sending a threatening message and one count of sending a menacing or offensive message via a public network, both alleged between 10th November 2014 and 31st May 2015. A Metropolitan police spokeperson said: "A woman interviewed under caution regarding a complaint of racially motivated malicious communication made on a social media network has been summonsed to court." She will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on 5th November.
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