Letter to CBC News Vancouver Regarding Biased Coverage
August 1, 2014
News Editor, CBC News Vancouver
We believe that your coverage of local events regarding the Israeli aggression on Gaza has been biased as well as unbalanced.
We had thousands of Vancouverites that took to the streets in downtown Vancouver on July 3, 2014, July 12, 2014, July 19, 2014 and July 25, 2014 to protest Israeli war crimes and the complicity of the Canadian government in them. The July 12 rally was held in front of your headquarters in Vancouver, and the July 19 protest also marched to and protested in front of your headquarters for around five minutes. You did not see fit to report any of these actions except for a short reference to the “anti-Israeli” rally on the July 19 edition of the news.14:50 -15:15 (25 seconds)
In contrast, on July 27, 2014, a much smaller group of pro-Israeli demonstrators got extensive coverage with personal interviews about their feelings and opinions regarding what is happening (almost six times the coverage of the thousands that showed up for our rallies). 2:22 seconds.
We are having a rally this coming Saturday, Aug. 2nd at the Art Gallery and we will march to your headquarters at 3:15 pm. We are hoping to hand you this letter and have a delegation meet with you or a CBC representative to deal with this one-sided coverage that smacks of racism against the Palestinian people.
Hoping to hear from you,
Hanna Kawas (Chair, Canada Palestine Association) [email protected]
On Behalf of Rally Organizing Committee
c.c. CRTC, CBC Ombudsman