uOttawa newspaper editor receives online threats after reporting on pub crawl

October 21, 2016

The editor of the University of Ottawa’s student newspaper has reportedly received a wave of sexual and racist threats after publishing an exposé on a pub crawl organized by one of the school’s student bodies. Since the article’s publication, La Rotonde Editor Yasmine Mehdi has reportedly received hateful messages on social media. Kelly Gordon, who sat on the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, says that she is shocked by “how racist these comments were, implying that because she's a woman of color she doesn't have the right to speak out. It is appalling and unacceptable.” CTV reports that Mehdi has declined to discuss the online comments in order to focus on whether any sanctions will be handed down to the pub crawl’s organizers and participants. uOttawa has officially condemned the event and the university’s student union has launched an investigation into it. uOttawa | Ottawa Citizen | CBC