This article was overall balanced and complete. It deserves support in hopes that we might encourage these journalists to continue covering these topics fairly.
Good coverage - Media outlet to be shown appreciation
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Title of Piece: Marco Chown Oved, Joshua Chong, and Ben Cohen: "The case of the Indigo 11: How an act of vandalism became a flashpoint in Toronto"
Media Outlet: Toronto Star
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Please help us show our appreciation for Toronto Star’s Marco Chown Oved, Joshua Chong, and Ben Cohenʼs article about the Indigo 11 and York University cases.
The Indigo 11 incident was highly covered in the media. That coverage tended to be one-sided, if not inflammatory. MAP worked hard to challenge the unfair narratives. It is more than refreshing to read an article that gives space to different points of view about this situation. This article was overall balanced and complete. It deserves support in hopes that we might encourage these journalists to continue covering these topics fairly.
- The article raises the broader question of the severity and proportionality of the legal penalties for the protesting acts while giving voice to lawyers and legal experts.
- The article cites at the very top CJPME’s VP, Michael Bueckert, giving a different angle to explain the pro-Palestine protests around Toronto: the legacy of the South African anti-apartheid movement. It is not a common angle that is reported in the media.
- The article mentions that seven of the 11 people arrested for the York University pro-Palestine protest are either instructors, lecturers, or teachers. It gives their names. This is essential information given to depict a different picture of the protest, which is refreshing considering the negative media coverage of pro-Palestine protests. Chown Oved, Chong, and Cohen also contacted them for comment and gave voice to one of them.
- The Toronto Star article raises the broader question of conflating antisemitism with anti-Zionism. In that sense, it gives essential background information about Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo, which was often omitted in media coverage about the Indigo 11 vandalism act. It contributes to changing the narrative around this act as an antisemitic act.
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