Our Mission

About Us

HonestReporting Canada is an independent grass-roots organization promoting fairness and accuracy in Canadian media coverage of Israel and the Middle East. With the assistance of our over 60,000 members from coast to coast, HRC monitors the media, recognizes excellence and exposes inaccuracy and bias in Canadian reporting on the region.

Who We Are

HonestReporting Canada is an independent grass-roots organization promoting fairness and accuracy in Canadian media coverage of Israel and the Middle East. With the assistance of our over 60,000 members from coast to coast, HRC monitors the media, recognizes excellence and exposes inaccuracy and bias in Canadian reporting on the region. HRC members work together to examine the role journalists play in shaping the news, subjecting news reporting to rigorous and methodical investigation, and preventing distorted coverage. In short, we are in favour of honest reporting.

The media is the primary lens through which the Canadian people learn about the world. Accordingly, HRC is dedicated to ensuring that news coverage provided by Canada’s media – whether print or electronic, and whether national, local, academic or alternative – reflects the highest journalistic standards of excellence in news, information and investigative journalism, and is informed by Canadian values including democracy, freedom, liberty and the rule of law.

The main focus of HRC is to monitor Canada’s mainstream media outlets and report on significant lapses in ensuring accuracy, context, fairness and objectivity.

Our Mission

Israel is in the midst of a battle for public opinion – waged primarily via the media. To ensure Israel is represented fairly and accurately “‘HonestReporting’” monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action.

When media bias occurs, our worldwide base of subscribers take action by contacting news agencies, drawing issues of bias to their attention, and requesting changes. Media outlets, correspondents, and editors are now held accountable for biased reporting and are becoming more aware of the need for factual, impartial and fair reporting. Our subscribers also make use of our Communiqués to bolster their own knowledge and understanding of the often complex issues.

The work of HonestReporting Canada (HRC) yields results. Since 2003, HRC has prompted hundreds of apologies, retractions, and revisions from news outlets. These efforts are changing the face of the media and reporting of Israel throughout the world. As an organization dedicated to defending Israel against prejudice in the media, we aim to provide educational tools and resources to anyone wishing to advocate for Israel. Our materials provide people with information that is helpful when responding to the media, in their dealings on campus or in the work place, and in any other sphere where having credible, considered background material is of value.

Why is the struggle for media fairness so important? The media sways public opinion, which directly affects foreign policy towards Israel and in turn the lives of her citizens. One person alone may not impact this struggle, but thousands united can!

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The media plays a leading role in shaping world opinion. This opinion gradually manifests itself into public policy. When the media takes a biased position, this can lead to governmental polices reflecting that bias. The consequences of inaccurate and biased reporting are perhaps the most dangerous when reporting about Israel.

Whether by design or because they are being manipulated by anti-Israel propaganda, much of the world media delivers reports slanted against the State of Israel. Defensive military efforts become wars of aggression, Israeli peace overtures are dismissed, and terrorism is ignored or treated as an acceptable method of statecraft.

The enemies of Israel today spend millions of dollars and employ hundreds of personnel to get “their side” of the story out. Photographs are doctored, fake news stories are staged, and Palestinian “fixers” are used as sources of information by overworked reporters trying to capture a complex story in a few sound bytes.

For the past 20 years, HonestReporting Canada has been in the forefront of efforts to fight the media’s institutional bias against Israel. Every week, we send out news communiques, special reports, and flash films pointing out inaccurate and biased reporting. We give our 55,000 subscribers the information and tools to contact the media about biased reporting. We have been responsible for countless retractions, revisions, and corrections when our readers point out that the media got the story wrong.

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