02/01/2018 11:47 EST | Updated 02/01/2018 15:16 EST

The Baron Editor-In-Chief Anna De Luca Fired Over Articles Featuring White Nationalist

UNB Saint John's student newspaper published an op-ed and interview with the head of a group that took responsibility for putting up racist posters on campus.

The University of New Brunswick Saint John campus.
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The University of New Brunswick Saint John campus.

FREDERICTON — The editor-in-chief of a student newspaper at the University of New Brunswick's Saint John campus is out after publishing an op-ed and interview with the head of a group that had taken responsibility for posting what were described as racist posters on campus.

Anna De Luca had defended the publication of the articles in The Baron by saying the newspaper believes in unfettered freedom of speech and expression.

In the articles, Michael Thurlow, leader of the National Socialist Canadian Labour Revival Party, makes comments about Jews and what he calls historical exaggerations and lies involving the residential school system.

But on Wednesday, the board of directors of the paper issued a statement saying Thurlow represents points of view that are harmful and, in many cases, not factual.

Posters deemed 'racist and bigoted'

The statement says editors need to be afforded the opportunity to explore journalistic expression, but the board won't tolerate content deemed as "hate speech" towards any group.

Earlier this month, a series of posters were removed from buildings on the university's Fredericton campus after they were deemed to be "racist and bigoted."

The board later posted a tweet saying business manager Logan Johnson had been appointed as the interim editor-in-chief.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story featured a photo from UNB's Fredericton campus and didn't specify that the newspaper in question was at the Saint John campus. This version has been corrected.

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