The US Justice has condemned this Wednesday the well-known broadcaster and propagator of conspiracy theories Alex Jones to pay almost 1,000 million dollars to relatives of the victims of the shooting at the Sandy Hook school, where 20 children and 6 adults died in 2012.
A Connecticut jury has ordered Jones and his InfoWars podcast to pay $965 million to the families of eight of the victims of that shooting and an FBI agent for publicly defaming them.
Since InfoWars, the announcer has spent years spreading the theory that the shooting at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, was a “farce”. The families of the victims decided to sue Jones, who, with his first complaints, tried to change his speech and ended up acknowledging that the shooting was real.
The theory propagated by Jones led several of his followers to threaten and harass the parents of the victims, including those of little Jesse, whom they accused of lying about their son’s death for political purposes.
Fifteen people have sued Jones: 14 related to the school victims and William Aldenberg, an FBI agent who was also the target of his attacks.
In August, Jones was already sentenced to pay almost 50 million dollars to the parents of Jesse Lewis. Lewis was 6 years old when the killer broke into the school and killed him and his classmates.
The announcer has a third trial pending, in this case for a lawsuit filed by the parents of Noah Pozner, another of the minors who died on December 14, 2012.
Last July, Free Speech Systems – a firm linked to InfoWars – declared bankruptcy. In 2019, Facebook permanently banned from its platform and Instagram, also owned by it, six opinion leaders linked to far-right positions, including Jones, considering that they “foment violence.”
The Sandy Hooks assailant was Adam Lanza, a mentally challenged 20-year-old who shot his mother in her sleep and then showed up heavily armed at the primary school he had attended as a child, where he killed those 20 children and 6 adults before taking their own lives.