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by Mike Fegelman
  • July 27, 2022: A clarification notice was added to an episode of the podcast Nothing is Foreign. The episode, which was published on May 20, 2022, mentions reports from Israeli media that the Israeli military was “not planning to investigate the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh.” Those reports specifically pertained to a criminal investigation.
  • April 22, 2022: Subsequent to HonestReporting Canada’s complaint to CBC News sent on April 21, our public broadcaster has corrected its previously falsely reporting that “Palestinians threw rocks in response” to Israeli Police action, by reversing the chronology of events. As well, per HRC’s request, CBC also covered recent Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians.
  • March 27, 2022: Success! CBC Ombudsman Finds Anti-Israel Culinary Radio Show Violated Journalistic Standards: CBC Ombudsman Jack Nagler has upheld HonestReporting Canada’s complaint finding that a July 2021 episode of Unforked, a culinary radio program, violated the broadcaster’s Journalistic Standards and Practices. The episode, purportedly about hummus, not only featured two speakers who expressed anti-Israel views, but it descended into a depiction of Israelis as “settler colonialists” and occupiers of indigenous Palestinian land, who were responsible for erasing so-called historical Palestinian communities.
  • December 5, 2021: CBC Clarifies: Israel Abides by Intl. Standards to Safeguard Detained Palestinian Kids’ Rights: “Last Sunday at this time, we told you about a protest happening in Winnipeg. Protesters were accusing Israel of human rights violations against child prisoners. CBC has not been able to get comment from the Israeli government regarding these accusations, but in responding to similar criticisms in the past, a government spokesperson has denied these allegations, stating that Israel does not engage in torture, humiliation, or solitary confinement to achieve confessions.”
  • March 17, 2021: HRC Prompts CBC Correction: Murder of 3 Israeli Teens Not in ICC Investigative Scope
  • January 30, 2021: CBC Broadcasts On-Air Clarification (AGAIN) After Criticizing Israel For Not Vaccinating Palestinians
  • January 17, 2021: HRC Prompts CBC On-Air Correction of Palestinian Vaccine Lie: CBC World This Weekend: “Last Sunday on this program, we aired a segment on the successful COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Israel. We followed that report with an interview with Saleh Hegazi, the Middle East Deputy Director of Amnesty International, about the situation in the Palestinian territories, where as yet, no vaccines had arrived. Mr. Hajazi was highly critical of Israel, insisting that Israel had a legal obligation under international law to provide vaccines to the Palestinian territories. In that segment we reported that Israel was denying vaccines to the Palestinians which we should not have and we should have included Israel’s perspective as part of our coverage. Israel’s position is that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for vaccine distribution in the territories since it negotiated control over administering health care as part of the Oslo Accords signed with Israel in 1993. Earlier this week, Israel said it delivered a hundred doses of a COVID vaccine to the Palestinian Authority and that another shipment will be delivered in the coming weeks. The Palestinian Authority has also secured an initial supply of vaccines from a variety of sources expected by March.””
  • October 25, 2020: CBC Radio errs by claiming that only 3 Arab countries recognize Israel. After HRC complained, CBC acknowledged the error and sensitized its journalists to this mistake.
  • August 2, 2019: Honest Reporting Canada prompts CBC/Radio-Canada / CBC News to issue an on-air correction. Contrary to what was reported, #Israel ???????? didn’t build a new settlement. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu merely toured the existing settlement community of #Efrat after announcing plans to build homes there.
  • May 21, 2019: In response to HRC’s complaint, CBC News Q has adjusted its digital copy around the segment with Mr. Murad, to correct the reference of “Palestine” to the “Palestinian Territories.” As well, CBC amended its interview to mention the following:Note: In the segment, Murad refers to “Palestine.” Our CBC Language policy, states there is no modern country of Palestine, although there’s a movement to establish one as part of a two-state peace agreement with Israel. Areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority are considered Palestinian territories: Fatah-run West Bank and Hamas-run Gaza Strip.”
  • November 14, 2018: Subsequent to HRC’s complaint sent to CBC News at 11:16am on November 12 and the release of our media action alert, we are pleased to note that CBC Radio broadcast several reports which acknowledged that the seven dead Palestinians were all “militants”.
  • July 28, 2018: In response to an Honest Reporting Canada complaint, CBC News tacitly acknowledged that a CBC Radio report should have mentioned Palestinian attacks and provocations that prompted Israeli air strikes.
  • April 13, 2018: CBC updates report acknowledging Israeli claims that slain Palestinian “journalist” was a Hamas member
  • April 13, 2015: CBC Ombud Upholds HRC Complaint; Israeli PM Did Offer Alternative To Iran Nuclear Deal
  • June 17, 2014: Contrary to CBC’s claims, Hamas has not been silent about the abductions of three teenage Israelis, they have praised the kidnappings. As well, several terror groups have claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. HRC’s efforts produced an on-air correction aired on CBC Radio and a directive sent by senior executives to its journalists.
  • January 3, 2014: After HRC Complaint, CBC Clarifies: Israel Isn’t Building “New Settlements”
  • June 4, 2013: CBC’s Ombudsman upheld HonestReporting Canada and its members concerns finding that CBC’s airing of accusations claiming Israel used chemical weapons on Palestinian children, did not live up to the CBC’s journalistic standards.
  • April 15, 2013: CBC Concedes Reporting Lacked Israeli Point of ViewSeveral CBC reports failed to provide the Israeli point of view denying charges of alleged medical malfeasance in the death of a Palestinian prisoner from cancer in an Israeli jail.
  • September 16, 2011: Correction: “We have one small correction to add this morning. Earlier this week, we ran a piece about the Turkish Prime Minister and his support of the Palestinian bid for full U.N. membership. In the item, we said Turkey had expelled the Israeli Ambassador after Israeli authorities refused to apologize for a deadly raid on a Turkish ship trying to deliver aid to Gaza last year. Israeli commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara in international waters and killed nine Turkish civilians. The Mavi Marmara a was a passenger vessel window and though it was part of the flotilla carrying aid to Gaza, it was not carrying any of that aid itself.”
  • Jul 20 2010: CBC apologized for an erroneous radio report which referred to the Mavi Marmara ship as being “full of supplies” when Israeli forces intercepted it off the Gaza Strip.
  • Apr 3 2009: “The UN had appointed a Jewish judge from South Africa to head its investigation of alleged war crimes committed by Israel during its recent invasion of the Gaza Strip. He will focus only on Palestinian victims because Israel is refusing to co-operate. On-Air correction stated that the report was inaccurate and “Israel has not yet said whether it will co-operate with the investigation.”
  • Feb 19 2009: “Gilad Shalit was captured during an Israeli raid into Gaza in 2006.” Correction stated: “He was captured by Gaza militants during a raid on an Israeli army post.”
  • May 2 2008: CBC Radio report incorrectly referred to “the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Occupied Territories.” According to a senior editor at CBC “Of course, the conflict – a sad result of which was found in the report immediately preceding this one – is between Israel and those living in the Occupied Territories or Israel and the Palestinians, as you suggest, or, in a more accurately, Israelis and Palestinians.”
  • May 2 2008: CBC Radio report incorrectly referred to Khalil al-Haya as a former leader of Hamas. According to a senior editor at CBC “You are right, Khalil is a senior Hamas Palestinian legislative council member and current Hamas political leader.”
  • May 2 2008: A CBC Radio report erroneously stated that Hezbollah’s reclusive leader Hassan Nasrallah made a rare appearance at Imad Mughniyah’s funeral. While, in fact, he delivered a videotaped message. According to a senior editor at CBC, “While the story was accurate in saying he appeared at the funeral – if only electronically – I agree it would have been clearer had it said he had appeared on video.”
  • Sept 27 2007: “Of course, as you pointed out, Israel was not at war with Lebanon, but was fighting Hezbollah, the Shiite irregular forces in Lebanon. It was an inadvertent editing error, which we regret.” According to a senior editor at CBC in response to an HRC complaint after a CBC radio host erroneously claimed that Israel went to war with Lebanon in the summer of 2006.
  • June 3 2007: “A clarification on a story aired Sunday June 3, marking the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War: The introduction to the story said Israel captured and subsequently annexed all of Jerusalem, we should have said east Jerusalem.” Clarification issued.
  • Jan 13 2006: Reporter mistranslated the Hebrew word for ‘terrorist’ as ‘suicide bomber.’ Admission of error.



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