An Apol­ogy AND Clar­i­fi­ca­tion

The McGill Daily - - Letters - If you wish to send us a let­ter, please con­sult our let­ters pol­icy at www.mcgill­daily.com/poli­cies/. The Mcgill Daily Ed­i­to­rial Board

Thank you for writ­ing to us. We ap­pre­ci­ate the time and ef­fort put in to your let­ter, and rec­og­nize many of the points you have made. We apol­o­gize for let­ting our read­ers down. This re­sponse is not an ex­cuse, and we will do our best to ad­dress our mis­takes.

We want to ac­knowl­edge and make amends for the fact that our re­trac­tion read as an apol­ogy to Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim. Our in­ten­tion was to apol­o­gize to our read­ers for mak­ing an in­ac­cu­rate state­ment. For the sake of our read­ers (not just our own le­gal safety), we re­gret pub­lish­ing some­thing which was not fac­tual. Nev­er­the­less, we should have been more mind­ful of how our use of stan­dard re­trac­tion lan­guage in the con­text of sexual abuse was in­sen­si­tive. We rec­og­nize that in this case the apolo­getic lan­guage of the re­trac­tion was harm­ful. The orig­i­nal state­ment of re­trac­tion has been changed ac­cord­ingly.

Our re­trac­tion fol­lowed an email from Ibrahim which stated that a sen­tence in the ar­ti­cle “‘Sur­vivor- cen­tric Ap­proach’ Must Come First” con­sti­tuted li­bel. The sen­tence pub­lished was li­bel­lous in­so­far as no one has legally ac­cused Ibrahim, de­spite al­le­ga­tions of sexual mis­con­duct. We re­tracted the state­ment to ac­knowl­edge that re­al­ity. Nev­er­the­less, re­mov­ing Ibrahim’s name from the ar­ti­cle was a mis­take on our part, caused by in­suf­fi­cient con­sid­er­a­tion. A new sen­tence has been rein­te­grated into the ar­ti­cle to cor­rect that.

We do not sup­port abusers. We do not sup­port those who take ad­van­tage of their po­si­tion of power to sex­u­ally abuse other peo­ple. We do not sup­port those who in­tim­i­date sur­vivors. We be­lieve sur­vivors.

We rec­og­nize the crit­i­cism raised con­cern­ing our re­cent con­tent. We work to up­hold The Mcgill Daily’s state­ment of prin­ci­ples, which re­flects our com­mit­ment to help cor­rect so­cial and eco­nomic in­jus­tices. That said, we re­al­ize that anti- op­pres­sive pol­i­tics re­quire con­stant vig­i­lance and we want to do bet­ter. Ac­count­abil­ity is in­te­gral to our work. We apol­o­gize for the harm our state­ment caused and we wel­come fur­ther crit­i­cism.

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