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by Mike Fegelman
    • 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.
    • January 28, 2022: In a review dated January 28, 2022, CBC Ombudsman Jack Nagler responded to a complaint about a May 11, 2021 broadcast on The National (watch by clicking below), where reporter Saša Petricic described the Hamas-Israel rocket exchange by suggesting that it was Israel who fired first, whereas in truth, it was the Islamist terrorist group. This misrepresentation was pointed out at the time by HonestReporting Canada who filed a complaint directly with CBC News and mobilized our subscribers and Canadians from coast to coast to take action. In his report, Nagler denied there was any bias on the part of Petricic, but acknowledged that viewers would have been given a false impression of the chronology of events.Nagler wrote (emphasis added) “It would have been wiser to choose between reporting explicitly on the chronology, or avoiding it altogether. Instead, there was only the passing reference, which left a sliver of ambiguity – just enough that its meaning could be misinterpreted. In that sense, the report failed to live up to the JSP (Journalistic Standards and Practices); the language used was not precise enough to ensure that the report was faithful and easy to understand… There was a violation of policy.”
    • October 1, 2021: HRC Prompts Toronto Star Clarification: IDF Killed 5 Palestinian Gunmen, Not Palestinians
    • August 24, 2021: HRC Prompts CTV To Refer To Palestinian Terrorist Who Shot IDF Solider As A “Militant” Instead of “Protestor”
    • July 29, 2021: Toronto Star Amends Headline Removing Reference of “Israeli War Crimes”
    • Green Party Leader Annamie Paul Didn’t Claim Israel Used “Excessive Force” In Conflict With Hamas: HRC Prompts CBC Correction: CorrectionsThis story has been updated from an earlier version that said incorrectly that Green Party Leader Annamie Paul’s statement called for a ceasefire and condemned both Palestinian “rocket attacks” and “excessive Israeli military force.” In fact, her statement said the “dangerous situation that is unfolding is extremely disturbing” and that the Green Party called for “an immediate de-escalation in the violence and a return to dialogue as a means to seeking a peaceful solution.”Jul 19, 2021 4:00 PM ET
    • June 24, 2021: HRC Prompts Major CBC Correction: Israeli Airstrikes Didn’t Break Ceasefire, Hamas’ Arson Balloons Did
    • May 27, 2021: After Honest Reporting Canada issued its alert and our subscribers sent complaints, CBC News surreptitiously amended Margaret Evans’ online article to now say that “#Israel said more than 4,300 rockets were fired at the country by #Hamas and other militant groups from the #Gaza Strip during the recent conflict, most of which were intercepted by Israel’s missile defence system.”
    • May 10, 2021: After an HRC complaint, Globe and Mail amends article about recent hostilities between Israel and Palestinians to acknowledge up to date number of rockets fired at Israel, that Palestinian rioters threw stones at Israeli police, and to clarify Hamas claims about Palestinian casualties.
    • March 17, 2021: HRC Prompts CBC Correction: Murder of 3 Israeli Teens Not in ICC Investigative Scope
    • March 8, 2021: HRC Prompts Toronto Star Correction: Headline Presumed Israel Guilty of War Crimes
    • May 13, 2020: SUCCESS! Radio-Canada Deletes Article Blaming Israel for Gaza’s Plight in Fighting Coronavirus
    • April 23, 2020: CBC’s Mediocre Correction to Article Blaming Gazan Poverty Exclusively on Israeli-Led Blockade
    • January 27, 2020: CTV News amends headline that presented Palestinian balloon bombs as party favours
    • CBC Opinion: March 12, 2019: Once again, Neil Macdonald has spread mistruths about Israel, abetted by the CBC News website. Once again, Honest Reporting Canada has caught him in the act prompting the CBC to issue a “clarification” for his falsely claiming that Israel restricts food aid to Gaza.
    • CBC Radio: 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”.
    • October 11, 2018: On July 24, Honest Reporting Canada issued a media action alert which noted that although #Israel won widespread praise for its leading role and brave humanitarian efforts in the daring rescue of hundreds of individuals associated with #Syria’s #WhiteHelmets, our public broadcaster, the CBC News: The National, produced truly appalling coverage that unfairly maligned #Israel’s efforts.In a recent review initiated by several HRC subscribers, CBC’s Ombudsman has found that CBC National’s reporting was imprecise, lacked context, and required additional analysis.
    • 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.
    • August 22, 2018: HRC Prompts CBC Clarification: Gaza Blockade Meant to Thwart Arms Shipments to Hamas
    • 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.
    • July 23, 2018: Subsequent to HRC’s complaint, Globe and Mail removed headline which claimed that “Israeli fire kills four Palestinians as troops shot at on Gaza border”
    • June 25, 2018: CBC amends article on flotilla to Gaza to now state: “Israel says the naval blockade is legal and was set up to intercept the shipment of arms to Gaza.”
    • April 17, 2018: HRC Prompts Toronto Star “Clarification” on Palestinian Casualties at Gaza Border Riots
    • CBC Online: May 12, 2016:  Correction: “A previous version of this story said that about two-thirds of the Palestinians killed in the 2014 summer war were civilians. In fact, that figure is in dispute. The story has been updated to reflect that fact.”
    • June 29, 2015: Vancouver Sun: Thanks to HRC’s intervention, context was added to a Vancouver Sun article detailing how Israel’s blockade of Gaza is legal, is necessary because the Hamas terrorist organization rules the Strip, and how Israel provides and facilitates the transfer of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.
    • National Post: June 12, 2015: National Post Amends Headline: Gaza Beach Incident a “Tragic Accident” Israel Says
    • Toronto Star: A July 25 photo caption accompanying a photo of a Palestinian family who fled an explosion at a UN-run school house Thursday stated that the building was hit by an Israeli tank shell. As the Star stated in its report of the explosion, while Palestinian officials said it was an Israeli shelling, Israel’s military said that Hamas rockets could have been responsible and that “we do not target UN facilities.”
    • July 28, 2014: After HRC Complant, CTV Amends Headline Which Accused Israel of Breaking Truce
    • July 15, 2014: Following an HRC complaint, a Globe and Mail.com headline which falsely claimed that Hamas had accepted the ceasefire and that there was only one Israeli “casualty” was amended.
    • CBC Radio: 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.
    • Globe and Mail: March 4, 2014: Clarification: “A February 25 Moment in Time feature regarding the 1994 killing of Palestinians at prayer in Hebron should have made it clear that, after those killings, Hamas carried out its first suicide bombing in Israel. The words “in Israel” were not included in the feature.”
    • CBC The National, Aug 20 2010: CBC apologizes for incorrectly stating that Hamas controls the West Bank: “Of course, Hamas controls the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas’ party Fatah controls the West bank through the Palestinian Authority. We regret the error.”
    • Globe and Mail, July 7 2009: “Hamas won a majority in the January, 2006, election for the parliament of the Palestinian Authority. Due to an editing error, an incorrect date appeared on Saturday.” Correction issued.
    • Toronto Star, Jan 6 2009: “Reporter states Hamas has ruled Gaza since June 2006.” Correction issued.
    • Globe and Mail, April 18 2008: “Twenty-two people were killed in conflict in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, 15 of them as a result of Israeli air strikes that followed a gun battle between Hamas militants and Israeli soldiers. An incorrect number appeared in a headline in yesterday’s newspaper.” Correction issued.
    • Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 11 2008: According to a senior editor at the Saskatoon Star Phoenix: “Thanks for your letter regarding the reference to the Hamas “activist” in the Reuters story carried in the Star Phoenix March 8. That is not our policy at The StarPhoenix but was an oversight on the part of a desker who should have known better. Our policy is to use “terrorist” when referring to “terrorist” groups like Hamas. I have sent a reminder to the party involved to watch for that in wire copy in the future.”
    • CBC Online, Mar 3 2008: “Online report incorrectly referred to Ismail Haniyeh as the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, he’s actually considered to be the ‘former’ or ‘deposed’ Palestinian prime minister or ‘current’ Hamas Prime Minister. CBC corrected the error on the online report.
    • Globe and Mail, Oct 3 2007: “Hamas refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Incorrect information appeared in a Sept. 4 article.” Correction issued.
    • Globe and Mail, May 9 2006: Photo caption lacked context, see before and after showing the results of HRC intervention. May 9 2006: Before: “Palestinian mourners react during the funeral of Moussa Qarmout, a militant from the Popular Resistance Committee, at the family house in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.” After, May 14 2006: “ Palestinian mourners react during the funeral of Moussa Qarmout, a militant from the Popular Resistance Committee, at the family house in the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya. Qarmout is one of two militants killed on Sunday, when Israeli soldiers opened fire on the two who were carrying an explosive device near the Gaza-Israel border fence near the vital Erez crossing, the military said. The explosive detonated, apparently killing both of them.”
    • CBC Radio, 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.'”
    • CBC, The World This Hour, Jan 17 2008: CBC Radio’s The World This Hour Apology – According to a senior editor at CBC: “On November 13, you wrote concerning “erroneous information” in a story on the November 12 edition of THE WORLD THIS HOUR. The story said “Hamas …soldiers opened fire….” You wrote that the terms “’Palestinian soldier’ or ‘Hamas soldier’” are questionable language implying that “there is an internationally recognized army …controlled by this organization” when there are only security service personnel and various militia factions. Nevertheless, CBC News stories typically refer to members of the Hamas military wing as “militants” or “fighters” and that more consistent usage might have made this story clearer.”
    • CBC Newsworld, June 14 2009: “Report about the Hamas Anniversary in Gaza and the power struggles between Fatah and Hamas is accompanied by a video of Israeli military in Gaza, with no relation between the footage and the story. On-air apology and correction issued, stating “Israeli forces were not involved in the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007.” Correction issued.
    • CTV News, 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.”



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