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1Outspoken activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who spectacularly claimed to be the “most hated” Muslim in the country before moving to London last year, has won a prestigious prize for free speech.1Outspoken activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who claimed to be the “most hated” Muslim in the country before moving to London last year, has won a prestigious prize for free speech.
2Human rights group Liberty Victoria yesterday announced that Ms Abdel-Magied had been awarded the 2018 Young Voltaire Award for being a “role model” to young women, Muslims and migrants.2Human rights group Liberty Victoria yesterday announced that Ms Abdel-Magied had been awarded the 2018 Young Voltaire Award for being a “role model” to young women, Muslims and migrants.
3Actor and same-sex marriage activist Magda Szubanski has been awarded the 2018 Voltaire award, following in the footsteps of former Australian Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, television presenter Waleed Aly and journalist David Marr.3Actress and same-sex marriage activist Magda Szubanski was awarded the 2018 Voltaire award, following in the footsteps of former Australian Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, TV presenter Waleed Aly and journalist David Marr.
4“I won an award for Free Speech y’all,” Ms Abdel-Magied announced on Twitter yesterday.4“I won an award for free speech y’all,” Ms Abdel-Magied announced on Twitter.
5“This one is for all those young Muslims and POC [people of colour] in Aus [sic] and around the world who know their equality is conditional, but know they need to speak anyway.”5“This one is for all those young Muslims and POC (people of colour) in Aus and around the world who know their equality is conditional, but know they need to speak anyway. And for all of those who tried to silence me ... Eat your hearts out.”
6“And for all of those who tried to silence me ... Eat your hearts out.”6Ms Abdel-Magied, an engineer turned television presenter, moved to London in September after months of courting controversy. Last April she was accused of disrespecting war veterans with her social media post: “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …)”.
7This one is for all those young Muslims and POC in Aus and around the world who know their equality is conditional, but know they need to speak anyway. I got your back, y’all.7A few months earlier she was involved in a fiery exchange with then senator Jacqui Lambie on ABC’s Q&A program and ­declared Islam to be “the most feminist religion”.
8Ms Abdel-Magied, an engineer-turned-television presenter, moved to London in September after months of courting controversy. Last April she was accused of disrespecting war veterans with her social media post: “Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…)”.8Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor said Ms Abdel-­Magied was a “worthy winner”.
9A few months earlier she was involved in a fiery exchange with Senator Jackie Lambie on ABC’s Q&A program and declared Islam “the most feminist religion”.9“Yassmin is sometimes provocative, but the hate she ­receives is despicable and disproportionate,” she said.
10The prize, which offers no money, comes only weeks after Australia’s Human Rights Commission dropped a complaint against her.10Conservative think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs criticised Liberty Victoria for giving Ms Abdel-Magied the prize.
11Liberty Victoria president Jessie Taylor said Ms Abdel-Magied was a “worthy winner”.11“I’m struggling to recall anything Ms Abdel-Magied has done to defend freedom of speech,” institute director of policy Simon Breheny said, describing Liberty Victoria as a “fraudulent outfit” for not standing up for victims of anti-free speech laws.
12“Yassmin is sometimes provocative, but the hate she receives is despicable and disproportionate,” she said”
13“Despite being on the receiving end of personal attacks and threats of death and sexual violence, Yassmin courageously continues to give voice to a cross section of society that is not well-represented in media or in public debate.”
14The Institute of Public Affairs, a conservative think-tank, hit out at Liberty Victoria for giving Ms Abdel-Magied a prize for free speech.
15“I’m struggling to recall anything Ms Abdel-Magied has done to defend freedom of speech.” IPA director of policy Simon Breheny said.
16Mr Breheny also said Liberty Victoria were a “fraudulent outfit” for not standing up for victims of anti-free speech laws.
17“Where was Liberty Victoria when Bill Leak was being chastised by the Australian Human Rights Commission? Where were these so-called defenders of free expression when several QUT students were being subjected to a secret trial?” he said.
18“Instead of defending the victims, this fraudulent outfit last year gave its freedom of speech award to the perpetrator of these injustices, Gillian Triggs.”
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