Verashni Pillay wins appeal against hate speech ruling

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Former Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay.

Former Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay.

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Former Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay.

Former Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief, Verashni Pillay.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Verashni Pillay has won her appeal against a hate speech ruling.

The appeal's panel of the Press Council has set it aside.

Pillay left the publication earlier this year after defending an article some called hate speech.

It was published on the Huff Post website entitled 'Could it be time to deny white men the franchise?'.

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Rights’ group, AfriForum, accused Pillay of hate speech and unfair discrimination for allowing its publication.

Press Ombudsman, Johan Retief, later too found her guilty.

His ruling was widely criticised.