Kevin J Johnston of 'Freedom Report' Has Been Charged With Hate Crimes
Global News -- A former Mississauga mayoral candidate whose online targeting of Muslims has prompted complaints was arrested on Monday for “hate-motivated crime,” Peel Regional Police said.
Kevin J. Johnston, 45, was charged with a single count of wilful promotion of hatred following what a statement called “a lengthy investigation into numerous incidents reported to police.”
He was scheduled to appear in Brampton court on Monday. The charge was approved by the Ontario Attorney General’s office, which has the final say on hate crimes prosecutions.
Johnston could not be reached for comment. A call to his phone number was directed to a recorded message that said his YouTube and Twitter accounts had been suspended. His website remained active.
On Freedom Report, where links to his videos were posted, Johnston was described as “an author, editor and in charge of local business, marketing and advertising for the Mississauga Gazette.”
But in recent months he has become known for his remarks about Muslims, particularly in his opposition to an anti-Islamophobia motion in Parliament and weekly prayers in Peel district schools.
He had stirred complaints by offering a $1,000 reward for a recording of “hate speech” during the Friday prayers at Peel district schools. He later increased it to $2,500.