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by Mike Fegelman
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  • Radio Canada Issues Corrective For Failing to Mention Syrian Rockets Fired at Israel (December 11, 2019)
  • April 22, 2013: Radio-Canada correspondent Ginette Lamarche wrongly reported that the Mavi Marmara was “attacked” by Israel. Following an HRC complaint, Radio-Canada set the record straight with a correction.
  • April 7, 2013: Following an HRC complaint, Radio-Canada issues an on-air clarification for a report on radio show “Medium-Large” which alleged the Israeli government deliberately forced Ethiopian immigrants to receive contraceptive injections in an effort to limit the Israeli- Ethiopian population.
  • Dec 1, 2010: Radio-Canada Ombudsman upholds HRC complaint concerning host Simon Durivage’s inappropriate association between Israel, Iran and Sudan: “Radio-Canada acknowledged that it was inappropriate to use Iran and Sudan as examples to illustrate the dangers of Canada’s unconditional support for Israel.”, “… by erroneously associating Israel with Iran and Sudan, Simon Durivage did not adhere to one of the central principles of CBC/Radio-Canada’s Journalistic Standards and Practices, that of accuracy.”, “Associating Israel with Iran and Sudan in this way constituted a journalistic error.”
  • Nov 26, 2010: Radio-Canada host Simon Durivage issues an on-air apology for equating Israel with Iran and Sudan following 200+ HRC member complaints: “Before introducing my guests, however, I’d like to return to the Match des élus broadcast of one month ago, where we discussed with our Ottawa panel the reasons that might have led to Canada losing a coveted seat on the United Nations Security Council. Among the reasons for this defeat, I raised the fact that Arab and Muslim countries surely had a hand in it, and had voted against it, because of the Harper government’s unconditional support for Israel since coming to power in Ottawa. And I asked our four MP’s whether it wasn’t dangerous for the Harper government to get too close to Israel, a country whose actions and policies are sometimes controversial, and I added that I would have asked the same question if Canada was too close to other countries, like Iran or Sudan. In this case, I acknowledge that the two examples were very poorly chosen. Israel clearly bears no resemblance to Iran and Sudan when it comes to controversial policies, not to mention that Israel is a democratic country, and that the other two are not, or at least not by our criteria. Incidentally, it was not my intention to compare Israel to those two countries, but it appears that some viewers took it that way and were offended by it. I would therefore like to sincerely apologize to anyone who may have taken offence. I promise to be more careful in my choice of examples next time.”
  • Oct 31 2008: “Radio Canada airs pro-Palestinian advocacy film.” After HRC Communique, Radio-Canada agrees to air new documentary, Ombudsman confirms that the film should have never been aired in the first place.
  • Aug 4 2005: Canadian immigrants to Israel were described as “settlers”. On-air correction issued after our complaint stating: “On the Telejournal of July 12, the words ‘new settlers’ appeared on the screen in reference to 400 people who were departing Canada to establish themselves in Israel. The term ‘settler’ denotes a person who will populate a settlement. However, as we do not precisely know the future places of residence of these people, we should not have displayed the words ‘new settlers’ on the screen.”

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