REPORTER ANDY NGO FIRED FOR POSTING VIDEO OF MUSLIM SAYING ATHEISM IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH ACCORDING TO QURAN
- Muslim panel member: “I am not going to sugarcoat it. So if you go to a different country…but in a Muslim country, a country based on Quranic law, disbelieving or being an infidel, is not allowed, so you will be given the choice.”
- My editor [Leary], whom I deeply respected at the time, called me “predatory” and “reckless,” telling me I had put the life and well-being of the Muslim student and his family at risk
( Heatst ) Portland State University’s campus newspaper, The Vanguard, has fired an editor following his coverage of an interfaith conference. The paper accused journalist Andy Ngo of endangering a student’s life after he tweeted out a video of the panel, which featured the Muslim student saying that apostasy and atheism must be punishable by death.
Writing for National Review, the former multimedia editor of the campus paper explained how he was fired for unofficially covering the event, which included speakers from Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian and atheist backgrounds.
The unnamed Muslim student speaker took a question from the audience, who asked him if the religion permitted killing atheists and apostates for their religious views. The panelist responded in the affirmative, stating that under “Quranic law,” being a non-believer is considered criminal in countries that impose it.
He added: “So in that case, you are given the liberty to leave the country. I am not going to sugarcoat it. So if you go to a different country…but in a Muslim country, a country based on Quranic law, disbelieving or being an infidel, is not allowed, so you will be given the choice.”
In other words, apostates and atheists can either choose to leave or suffer the consequences where such strict interpretations of the law are imposed.
Ngo posted an extended clip of the exchange shortly after, to provide full context for the discussion. Regardless, The Vanguard claims the video is being shared “widely out of context.”
Describing it as a “misunderstanding gone viral,” the campus paper repudiated Ngo for sharing the video and blamed his tweets for becoming a topic of discussion on “right-leaning media outlets.” Breitbart published coverage of the event with Ngo’s tweets several days before The Vanguard covered it, apparently as a response to the dust it kicked up.
….In National Review, Ngo says that The Vanguard editor-in-chief Colleen Leary called him into a meeting with managing editor Tim Sullivan, and newspaper advisor Reaz Mahmood. The team admonished him for sharing the unedited video clip on social media.
Despite never sharing the Muslim panelist’s name, he was fired for supposedly “endangering” the student’s life with a report that inconvenienced the student paper. Ngo writes:
My editor [Leary], whom I deeply respected at the time, called me “predatory” and “reckless,” telling me I had put the life and well-being of the Muslim student and his family at risk. She said that my tweets implied the student advocated the killing of atheists. Another person [Mahmood] in the meeting said I should have taken into account the plight of victimized groups in the “current political climate.” The editor claimed I had “violated the paper’s ethical standards” by not “minimizing harm” toward the speaker.