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Free Speech Warrior Ezra Levant's New Lawfare Fight

Ezra Levant, Friday December 21, 2012

In the summer of 2008, Ezra Levant was between jobs.

His magazine -- the first in Canada, and one of the few in the world, to publish the notorious "Mohammed cartoons" -- was now defunct, the result of his fight with the Alberta Muslim who'd taken him to a "Human Rights" court for printing them.

So Levant travelled to British Columbia to live-blog author Mark Steyn's court case on similar "hate speech" charges; in this instance, three Muslim law students (nicknamed the "Sock Puppets") had charged Steyn and Maclean's magazine with "Islamophobia" for printing an excerpt of Steyn's book America Alone.

On June 3, 2008, Levant blogged about the testimony of one "Sock Puppet," Khurrum Awan.

Again and again, Levant called Awan a "liar."

Fast forward to 2014, and Ezra Levant and Khurrum Awan were in a courtroom together again.

Awan had sued Levant for libel.

Last week, a judge found Levant guilty and ordered him to pay Awan $80,000.