Home Corrections, Clarifications & RetractionsBy Media Outlet CTV


by Mike Fegelman
  • October 14, 2022: CTV broadcasts on-air correction after falsely claiming Israeli air strikes killed 49 Palestinian civilians.
  • Aug. 22, 2022: SUCCESS: CTV London Removes Event Organizer’s Material From Its Website That Wiped Israel Off The Map
  • May 31, 2022: HRC Prompts CTV To Correct False Claim That Palestinian Journalist Killed By Israeli Gunfire: “A clarification earlier this week. CTV News reported on a vigil here in Edmonton for a Palestinian journalist killed on the job. We reported that she was killed by Israeli forces, when in fact, it’s still in dispute as to who is responsible for her death. We sincerely regret this error.”
  • August 24, 2021: HRC Prompts CTV To Refer To Palestinian Terrorist Who Shot IDF Solider As A “Militant” Instead of “Protestor”
  • January 27, 2020: CTV News amends headline that presented Palestinian balloon bombs as party favours
  • August 18, 2019: HonestReporting Canada prompts improved CTV National News coverage of Israel’s banning BDS-Supporting U.S. Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. CTV had wrongly claimed they were denied entry because both were vocal critics of Israel.
  • September 20, 2018: After filing complaints with CTV News and the National Post, both media outlets have published new articles which acknowledge that claims that Israeli troops shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy are in dispute and have not been verified.
  • September 21, 2016: HRC Prompts CTV Correction of Report that Whitewashed Knife Attack at Israeli Embassy in Turkey
  • October 25, 2015: CTV, Star, CP and CBC Amend Reporting to Mention 2014 Jerusalem Synagogue Attackers Were Palestinian
  • August 17, 2015: CTV Issues On-Air Clarification: Israeli Officer Didn’t Stab Palestinian To Death
  • December 15, 2014: CTV Issues On-Air Clarification After HRC Complaint: Cause of Death of Palestinian Minister Disputed
  • August 11, 2014: “CTV Retracts Claim of 1,900 Palestinian Civilians Killed”
  • July 28, 2014: After HRC Complant, CTV Amends Headline Which Accused Israel of Breaking Truce
  • July 21, 2014: After presenting anti-Israel activist Joe Catron as an objective “freelance journalist” in an interview it produced and broadcast on July 11, CTV News removes the interview from its website.
  • July 11, 2014: HRC Secures CTV News On-Air Correction: Israeli Forces Did Not Kill Palestinian Teenager
  • December 26, 2013: After HRC Complaint, CTV Unpublishes Claim that “Israel Practices Genocide” Against Palestinians
  • December 18, 2013: HRC Prompts CTV Apology After Network Falsely Claimed Israel Killed Two Lebanese Soldiers
  • December 2, 2013: HRC Prompts CTV News On-Air Apology Over Harper Protest Report: HRC filed a formal grievance with CTV News regarding a report it aired which falsely claimed that all protesters assembled at a recent Jewish National Fund event honouring Prime Minister Stephen Harper, were there solely to oppose Harper’s support for Israel and the JNF. In reality, the protesters had many gripes with the PM and were criticizing Canada’s prime minister for his environmental policies, First Nations issues, his political leanings, etc., not just his support for Israel and JNF.
  • August 28, 2013: HRC Prompts CTV News On-Air Apology: “On Monday’s newscast at this time, we reported on a clash between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at a refugee camp in Ramallah. In that report, we indicated that the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were put on hold. To clarify, that information was based on a quote from a Palestinian official, but the U.S. State Department subsequently denied that the peace talks were cancelled. As well, we failed to clarify that according to the Israeli military, the Israeli security force had been attacked by hundreds of Palestinians who threw rocks, fire bombs and other items at the force before the Israelis fired on the Palestinians, and the report also erroneously was accompanied by an illustration of an Israeli and Lebanese flag, rather than an Israeli and Palestinian flag, so we apologize for any confusion this reporting may have caused.”
  • August 9 and 11, 2013: As we reported in our August 9 media action alert, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) upheld our concerns finding that CTV News breached the CBSC’s Code of Ethics by failing to issue on-air corrections to remedy its erroneously reporting that a Palestinian “hunger striker” died in an Israeli jail. The CBSC affirmed that “on-air errors must be corrected on-air.”  CTV was found to have breached its obligations as a broadcaster and was forced to air the CBSC’s ruling.
  • Mar 23, 2011: CTV.ca removes profane, false and misleading commentaries which accused Israel of committing “genocide against the Palestinians” in an online forum after HRC complained.
  • Jun 5 2010: CTV apologizes for erroneously describing Gaza as being under “Israeli occupation” and commits to identifying future statements as disputed opinions: “Our report did indeed state that the protesters were decrying the “Israeli occupation” of Gaza and we appreciate your reminding us that the word “occupation” in this context is highly controversial. While, as you know, some groups do consider Israel to be an occupying power of the Gaza Strip because of its control of airspace and territorial waters, we agree with your point that reporters covering the conflict should also consider the fact that Israel and others disagree with this description for the reasons you have stated. As a general rule, CTV News clearly identifies controversial statements as opinion, so as not to leave the impression that we, as a fair and balanced news organization, share those beliefs. In this case, the line should have read, ‘Hundreds of people stopped traffic….to decry…the anniversary of WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS the Israeli occupation of Gaza…” I will immediately remind all of our editorial staff that we must always clearly identify these kinds of disputed descriptions as opinion.”
  • Feb 5 2008: According to a CTV Producer: “Thank you for your note and comment regarding our broadcast of January 26th. You are quite correct in pointing out that the use of the word “settlements” to describe Israeli towns was wrong and inappropriate. I will ensure that all of our editorial team is more vigilant in using words that can be misleading, particularly with regard to the sensitive situation in the Middle East. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.”
  • Nov 26 2007: CTV.ca and Newsnet both reported yesterday that “Police raid (Israeli Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert’s offices” in a super below the report and in a graphic in an online article. Contrary to this statement, the police raid of more than 20 government buildings and private offices Sunday did not include a raid at the Prime Minister’s own offices. A CTV producer apologized for the error and reprimanded her staff writers.
  • Sept 11 2007: CTV news reported yesterday that: “Palestinian militants launched a rocket at an Israeli army base in Gaza early this morning. At least 69 soldiers were injured in the attack.” Contrary to this statement, the Zikim base is located in the northwestern Negev desert in southern Israel, not in the Gaza Strip. A senior producer of CTV News apologized for the error and removed the report from the CTV website.
  • June 29, 2006: CTV Newsnet falsely claimed that Israeli soldiers arrested Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, whereas in fact, no such arrest had taken place. CTV News staff were reprimanded.
  • Dec 5 2005: Video footage of Israeli checkpoint included in an online story about domestic Israeli politics without appropriate context. Error admitted; footage removed.



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