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WND gets death threats, advertisers targeted

In response to its recent reporting on Islamic terrorism, WorldNetDaily has become the target of death threats, lawsuit threats, and an ongoing campaign of intimidation against its advertisers and business partners.

Since Sept. 11, WorldNetDaily.com and its monthly print magazine, Whistleblower, have featured in-depth coverage of the militant Islamic threat to America, including the presence within the United States of radical Muslim individuals and organizations with ties to known terror groups.

From the beginning, WND has made a clear distinction between peaceful, law-abiding Muslims and terrorists. Indeed, in the November edition of Whistleblower, titled “JIHAD: The radical Islamic threat to America,” Managing Editor David Kupelian states up-front:

While WND’s comprehensive coverage of the radical Islamic threat has elicited praise from many quarters, it has also drawn considerable fire from Muslim groups and individuals.

“Maybe we could grind up your filthy, pathetic body and feed it to the pigs before we send them to the Muslims,” is how Muhammad Khan responded to WND Washington bureau chief Paul Sperry after publication of his column, “If pigs could fly.” “You should watch your back from now on. Maybe these ‘Islamic fundamentalists’ could come after you and your family.”

Zaafir Mahdi wrote to Sperry: “Since you are a swine, we will cut you open and drain you of blood, and then the U.S. military can use that if they wish.”

Other responses to Sperry’s column: “I’m surprised that such an anti-Muslim lives. Now you know what needs to be done to anti-Muslims. They deserve to die.” And this one: “No Muslim would mind to kill a bastard like you.”

While there have been thousands of angry e-mails, most have been just that. However, there have been many bona fide death threats (not reproduced here) that have been turned over to the FBI.

Campaign targeting advertisers

Calling WND a “hate-filled web site,” John M. Janney, president of Muslims Against Defamation,” has sent the following e-mail message to WorldNetDaily’s advertisers:

As a result of the Muslims Against Defamation campaign, WND’s advertisers are receiving communications such as this one:

Another wrote this to the newssite’s advertisers, while also threatening to sue WND:

Janney has also attempted, unsuccessfully, to intimidate American Eagle, which provides technical support to WorldNetDaily, into ending its relationship with the newssite. “Although they strive to appear as a news site, this is clearly a hate site,” wrote Janney. Others have also written to American Eagle, urging the Internet design and hosting company to end its business relationship with WND.

Even before the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington by Islamic radicals, WorldNetDaily CEO and Editor Joseph Farah, himself an Arab-American, has been a target of often-virulent attacks due to his ground-breaking columns and news stories on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

His columns, including “Myths of the Middle East” and “More myths of the Middle East,” caused an international firestorm when published a year ago. In fact, Tom Rose, publisher of the Jerusalem Post, wrote at the time that Farah’s writings were dominating talk radio in Israel and had turned his country “upside down.”

As a result of just one column last October, Farah received 11 death threats that were turned over to the FBI.

“The militant Islamic threat to America is real. September 11 made that clear,” says Farah in response to the current attacks on the newssite. “We are very proud of the coverage WorldNetDaily and Whistleblower magazine have done, and will continue to do, to expose this threat completely, truthfully and accurately.”

Editor’s note: The current issue of Whistleblower, WND’s monthly print magazine, is titled “JIHAD: The radical Islamic threat to America,” and features an in-depth report on Islamic fanaticism within the United States. Subscribe to Whistleblower magazine.