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Muslim journalist harassed at hearing about mosque

Noor Tagouri is a student journalist at University of Maryland and an intern at WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C.
By Aileen Graef   |   March 31, 2014 at 5:22 PM   |   Comments

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March 31 (UPI) -- A Muslim student journalist covering a hearing in Tennessee about a mosque cemetery was harassed and told that Islam was "not a religion" and she was "scary."

Noor Tagouri was in Tennessee covering a hearing about a mosque cemetery that was upsetting people when she was harassed by opponents of the cemetery and former Congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik. Tagouri caught it all on video and it has since then gone viral.

Zelenik told her not to film as she didn't want to be put on Iranian television and receive death threats. One man accompanying Zelenik told Tagouri, "You're the one that's lying. It's [Islam] not a religion, it is a political ideology."

When Tagouri tried to explain to Zelenik that she was a student journalist with the University of Maryland, Zelenik said, "I don't want to be on Al-Jazeera -- I've had so many death threats already."

Zelenik didn't stop there and made a parallel to her situation with the discrimination of African Americans during segregation.

"We're tired of being put at the back of the bus."


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