An article published by Canadian Press, and reproduced in many other publications across Canada – including CTV News – has important shortcomings that should be addressed. Please take a moment to look at the article and write a quite email to Canadian Press with your concerns
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Title of Piece: CTV News / Canadian Press: "London, Ont. doctor trapped in Gaza"
Media Outlet: CTV News / Canadian Press
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Comments of the CJPME Media Researcher:
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An article published by Canadian Press, and reproduced in many other publications across Canada – including CTV News – has important shortcomings that should be addressed. Please take a moment to look at the article and write a quite email to Canadian Press with your concerns. Some of the possible critiques that you could make in your letter might include (put one or two in your own words):
- The article never explicitly says "why" or "how" Dr. Bader is trapped in Gaza. It simply says, "Now trapped in the besieged Palestinian territory..." CTV News must explicitly state that he is trapped in Gaza because of Israel's decision to impose a "total siege" of the territory, endangering the lives of 2.3 million civilians.
- The article cites Dr. Bader as he talks about the overwhelming number of deaths in Gaza, but the article does not cite the many concerned international bodies which point out that "indiscriminate" bombing, with no distinction between civilians and combatants is in strict violation of international law. The article should note the many expressions of concern over this fact by legal experts.
- The article also does not mention the concern from various international bodies and voices over the number of deaths - especially civilian. As of Friday morning, 1,799 palestinians had been killed gaza, including 583 children. Source: https://english.wafa.ps/Pages/Details/138225
- The article says that Hamas "killed over 1,300 Israelis" and then later states "The war has claimed at least 2,800 lives on both sides." Why doesn't the article name Israel as the perpetrator of those deaths with a statement like, "Israel has killed 1800 Palestinians" since last Saturday. This is severe bias: naming one perpetrator, but refusing to name the other.
- While the article cites Dr. Bader's concerns about the need for a humanitarian corridor, the article does not mention that this is a requirement under international law. The article should mention that the Fourth Geneva Conventions require belligerents to allow food, water and medical supplies to civilians in war zones. Again, the article should cite the many international bodies which have called for such corridors to be established.
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