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Friday, September 17, 2004

The T word

Hard to believe, but the two groups claim labelling the al-aksa brigade a terrorist organization is anti-Arab and anti-Muslim. You'd think the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR) and the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) would want nothing to do with them. In any case, here's their release:

News Release
September 17, 2004

NCCAR and CAF Call on Ontario Press Council to Investigate Biased Reporting Against Muslims and Arabs

Ottawa, Sept. 17 - The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR) and the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) are calling on the Ontario Press Council to investigate the troubling practice of biased reporting against Muslims and Arabs in CanWest publications.

In a radio report aired this morning on CBC Radio Ottawa, journalist Evan Dyer reported on how CanWest publications have been altering words and phrases and inserting biased qualifiers in wire copy stories dealing with the war in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is one example:

In one Reuters story, the original copy reads: “… the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which has been involved in a four-year-old revolt against Israeli occupation in Gaza and the West Bank.”

In the National Post version, printed Tuesday, it became: “… the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a terrorist group that has been involved in a four-year-old campaign of violence against Israel.”

Ottawa.CBC.ca

“This is another troubling example of clear bias by CanWest publications like the National Post and the Ottawa Citizen in applying different standards towards Arabs and Muslims when reporting,” said NCCAR Executive Director Mazen Chouaib.

“We have complained repeatedly that there is a perceived anti-Arab agenda with these publications and we hope that this will force them to change their methods and expose to Canadians the validity of our point of view.”

The CBC story explains that Scott Anderson, editor of the Ottawa Citizen, said CanWest has a policy of renaming some groups as terrorists, primarily Arab groups.

“CanWest, one of the largest media conglomerates in Canada, is failing its rsponsiblity towards all Canadians, not just Arabs and Muslims,” said Omar Alghabra, CAF president. “The media has moral and ethical obligations to report the facts when it comes to news reporting, not the opinions of their editors.”

NCCAR and CAF will be addressing this issue with CanWest Publications and with the appropriate regulatory bodies.


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For further information contact:
Annik Lussier, NCCAR media relations coordinator, (613) 238-3795
Omar Alghabra, CAF president, (905) 302-6787

To read or listen to the full CBC report, please visit the following link:
http://ottawa.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=ot_reuters20040917

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Comments

Anyone know where we can get a T-shirt with "the al-aksa brigade is a terrorist organization" on it? Cheers. Eric.

Posted by: Eric MacLeod | 2004-09-17 3:19:01 PM


Well Kudos to the National Post and CanWest for telling the truth. Too bad CBC and CTV wouldnt follow suit but I wouldnt hold my breath. Oh, to have Fox news in this country.

Posted by: Mike P | 2004-09-17 3:45:18 PM


Yeah, what's CanWest doing, messing with the objective, apolitical reporting of Reuters?
/sarcasm

Posted by: Jerry Aldini | 2004-09-17 3:46:44 PM


We'll ignore the fact that Saudi Arabia has been exporting an islamist revolution, or that all of the 9/11 sadists were Arab muslims, or that the Chechnyan revolution has been hijacked by Arab muslims, or that ....

Posted by: peter S | 2004-09-17 4:35:23 PM


"or that ...."

Bin Laden is most probably safely esconsed within Pakistan with the full knowledge, support and protection of Pakistani intelligence....

Or that - North Korea has nukes and are a far greater threat to the United States and it's interests than Saddam....

Or that - China most probably has been financing and supporting the Muslim terrorists all over the world.( Recall that the very DAY of Sept 11th - China had signed a trade treaty with the Taleban.)

Or that The United States itself financed the terrorist Taleban with a $43 million dollar prior to Sept 11th. That's a lot of money for flying-lessons and financing sleeper cells innit?

But let's pay no attention to these things or speak of them.

Posted by: MWW | 2004-09-18 1:54:55 AM


Or that The United States itself financed the terrorist Taleban with a $43 million dollar prior to Sept 11th. That's a lot of money for flying-lessons and financing sleeper cells innit?

This persistent myth was rebutted long ago, but it's still promoted by people who just want to believe it, like Michael Moore, Robert Scheer and "MWW". The U.S. government gave $43 million dollars worth of food aid to the UN and NGOs for relief work in Afghanistan:

http://www.spinsanity.org/post.html?2003_02_23_archive.html

Posted by: Damian P. | 2004-09-18 8:25:18 AM


With respect, a lot of this stuff about Saudi Arabia, the Taleban, etc. is beside the point--at least this point--as Ed Greenspon's piece on terrrorism in today's Globe makes clear.

Posted by: Norman Spector | 2004-09-18 9:08:11 AM


Good Morning , Folks :

I wonder sometimes why we are such cowards in calling a " spade - a spade ". Are these organizations terrorists or not ? If they blow up innocent women & children as a designated target , then they are . Let's call them " terrorists " & stop the politically correct garbage. Take a good look at the suicide bombings in Israel & Chechnya and ask yourselves what kind of a lunatic would kill children to make their point. Ask if it was one of your children , how would you feel ? The Muslims in N. America need to condemn , outright , any of these suicide bombings , whether they are in Israel , Chechnya or anywhere else.The same thing is happening in Iraq. The terrorists are targeting people who genuinely want to make Iraq a better place to live. And they hide amongst the civilians and in the mosques & then the Yanks are critsized for accidental deaths, while these lunatics indiscriminately target anyone they feel like. This whole thing is getting sicker by the minute. Stand up for what's right , people before it's too late late. You never know when these lunatics might just decide to target you or someone you love.
Dennis

Posted by: Dennis Willows | 2004-09-18 11:46:10 AM


Apple's close to the tree, there... Evan Dyer is Gwynne's son, if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by: BruceR | 2004-09-20 6:56:21 PM



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