Media Monitor Reaches 20,000 Member Milestone (July 23 2008)
Media Monitor Reaches 20,000 Member Milestone Toronto, July 23, 2008 — HonestReporting Canada (HRC), a non-profit media monitoring organization headquartered in Toronto, has announced the growth of its subscriber base to a remarkable 20,000 members across Canada. “Since our inception in 2003, we have worked with our members across the country to secure hundreds of apologies, retractions, and revisions from Canadian news outlets,” said Mike Fegelman, Executive Director of HonestReporting Canada. “By contacting the media directly in support of fair and accurate news coverage of Israel, our members have improved the media’s coverage of the situation in the Middle East for the benefit of all Canadians.” HonestReporting Canada subjects Canadian news reporting to rigorous and methodical investigation in order to prevent distorted coverage. The organization also builds relationships with the media, educates them on substantive issues, and holds them accountable to professional standards of journalism. The organization’s members across the country act as “media patrollers,” monitoring local media outlets, notifying HonestReporting Canada of lapses in accuracy or fairness, and complaining directly to the news outlet involved. Some of the organization’s recent successes include securing an on-air correction on CBC TV, a retraction in the Journal de Montréal, and an apology in the Montreal Gazette. About HonestReporting Canada HonestReporting Canada is an independent, non-profit, grass-roots organization monitoring Canadian media for fairness and accuracy in reporting. HonestReporting Canada’s goal is to ensure that Canadian news organizations abide by professional standards of conduct when reporting on Israel and the Middle East. The organization is supported by donations from concerned Canadians. Online donations can be made at its website. To discuss major gifts, contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.