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Strong Tillerson statement on ISIS atrocities offers hope of US lead in bringing justice for victims

NEW YORK – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the ongoing atrocities of ISIS against religious minorities in Syria and Iraq during his presentation of the 2016 “International Religious Freedom Report” Tuesday at the State Department. In his remarks, he noted that ISIS “is clearly responsible for genocide against Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims in areas it controls or has controlled.” The report, required by Congress, details the state of religious freedom in 199 countries and territories worldwide.  Read more >>

ADF to Phoenix’s 12 News, Arizona Republic: Retract defamatory stories, issue apology

ADF Legal Counsel and Director of Communications Kerri Kupec:  “12 News, an NBC affiliate, and The Arizona Republic have committed journalistic malpractice. In an Aug. 14 story entitled ‘What are Arizona’s hate groups?,’ 12 News correspondent William Pitts relied entirely on slanderous and scandalous accusations against Alliance Defending Freedom made by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the basis for his story. On the same day, Arizona Republic reporter Cydney Henderson essentially copied and pasted SPLC data distributed to Arizona media outlets. For both of these media outlets to malign ADF by parroting a false description from a radically partisan, violence-inciting organization like SPLC and call it ‘news’ is a discredit to their news organizations and to the journalistic profession....”  Read more >>

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