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War Crimes

by Mike Fegelman
  • 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.”
  • May 19, 2022:  An op-ed published in the Toronto Star claimed that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was “killed by an Israeli soldier… a sniper shot her in the neck… silenced by an Israeli sniper’s bullet.” However, it hasn’t been confirmed that IDF fire or a Palestinian terrorist’s bullet, killed the Palestinian journalist. The op-ed also wrongly claimed that Israel has killed 45 journalists since 2000.Following an HonestReporting Canada complaint, the Star corrected the op-ed and acknowledged that it’s wrong to definitively claim that Israeli soldiers killed this Palestinian journalist. The Star also removed the op-ed’s assigning responsibility of the deaths of 45 journalists to Israel, who were killed in crossfire or while on dangerous assignment.
  • May 13, 2022: PostMedia papers publish clarification after claiming Israel killed Al Jazeera journalist. Who killed Palestinian journalist unknown.
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • March 8, 2021: HRC Prompts Toronto Star Correction: Headline Presumed Israel Guilty of War Crimes
  • CBC Online, June 4 2009: “CBC reports that the Palestinian village of Bil’in had sent two representatives to Montreal to sue Quebec companies Green Park and Green Mount Int. for alleged ‘war crimes.’ No comment from either organization was presented nor were there comments from any pro-Israel organization. An updated report featured comments from the lawyers of these companies.” Correction issued.
  • CBC, Feb 10 2005: Before: “If Palestinians have committed terror, the Israelis have certainly committed war crimes.” After: “ If Palestinians have committed terror, so the argument goes, the Israelis have certainly committed war crimes.

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