Please thank CBC News, and Brishti Basu in particular, for sharing credible reports of Israeli white phosphorus use with a Canadian audience. A hostile backlash has come from an anti-Palestinian media pressure group, targeting the journalist herself as well as CBC.
Good coverage - CBC News reporter to be thanked
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Title of Piece: Brishti Basu: "Israel is using white phosphorus in Gaza, human rights group says."
Media Outlet: CBC News
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Comments of the CJPME Media Researcher:
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Please thank CBC News, and Brishti Basu in particular, for sharing credible reports of Israeli white phosphorus use with a Canadian audience. A hostile backlash has come from an anti-Palestinian media pressure group, targeting the journalist herself as well as CBC. It is important that this young journalist be supported by all of us, and that CBC News be encouraged to continue to make space for truth and accuracy in reporting!
Some of the points you can refer to in your letter -- which should be written in your own voice from the below -- could include:
- It is crucial that Canadians be told what the main human rights groups, like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, are saying about ongoing events in the Gaza Strip. More stories with this information are needed.
- The details this story gives us from Shaymaa Ziara, a Markham Ontario resident (with family links to Gaza), and from the journalist herself are *just* the sort of material that deserves CBC coverage. Too often, Canadians of dominant backgrounds dominate the news cycle.
- CBC has a public duty, as our main public media organization, to maintain space in the media for inclusive political exchange.
- It is in the public interest for media to rely on trusted groups like Human Rights Watch rather than on reports from less objective and more biased sources, such as the Israeli army. We appreciate that CBC has done so.
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