Goldsmiths students’ union considers legal action over Bahar Mustafa “fake email”
Goldsmiths students’ union will consider taking legal action against a “fake email” which appeared to have been sent from welfare and diversity officer Bahar Mustafa.
The email, delivered to the right wing activist and author Pamela Geller, was extremely graphic in nature and contained a threat of rape.
Although the message purported to have been sent from the account of Bahar Mustafa, the students’ union says it was sent from an individual using the website instaemail.com.
The students’ union released a statement reading: “Goldsmiths Students’ Union has been made aware that a fake and very hurtful email purporting to come from the account of Bahar Mustafa is circulating on social media. This email has in fact been sent from “InstaEmail.com” and is entirely false.
“Anyone who checks the note at the bottom of the email will see that this has come via InstaEmail, which uses an open-field “from” text input, allowing anyone to give the impression that they are somebody else.”
The statement concluded: “Goldsmiths Students’ Union is considering taking legal action.”
London Student contacted Goldsmiths students’ union but a spokesperson declined to comment.
A screenshot of the email was published on Pamela Geller’s personal website. This message is extremely graphic in nature and contains a threat of rape.
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Bahar Mustafa, the union’s welfare and diversity officer, announced she was stepping down from her full-time role on Friday alongside Alex Etches, the activities and campaigns officer, on Friday, after the union president Adrihani Rashid announced she was quitting on Tuesday.
The editor-in-chief of the Leopard and its comment editor also resigned last Tuesday after accusing the students’ union of interfering with its own investigation into these allegations. Both journalists, however, resumed their positions with the newspaper after the students’ union issued a public apology.
The students’ union, meanwhile, announced it was launching an independent inquiry alongside the president’s resignation statement. The panel is expected to report before students leave for Christmas.