Ezra Isaac Levant (born 1972) is a Canadian media personality, conservative political activist, writer, and broadcaster. He is the founder and former publisher of the Western Standard, a former columnist for Sun Media, and former host of a daily program on the Sun News Network from the channel's inception in 2011 until its demise in 2015. In February 2015, he founded The Rebel Media website and YouTube channel and is its main contributor. Under Levant, The Rebel has been accused of being a platform for the far-right anti-Muslim ideology known as counter-jihad. Levant has become involved in several legal and other controversies on free speech issues. Levant has been successfully sued for libel on two separate occasions, while apologies and retractions were issued by him or on his behalf on three other occasions.