CP24 makes on-air correction for false claim that Al-Aqsa Mosque is “in Israel”

On April 21, 2023, a CP24 segment on Ramadan celebrations at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City falsely claimed that the event took place in “Israel,” rather than occupied East Jerusalem, stating that “In Israel, thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem’s Old City for Eid al-Fitr prayers.” CJPME wrote a letter to CP24 requesting an on-air correction.

That evening, CP24 broadcasted an on-air correction stating:

A clarification now to an earlier story in which we said the [Al-Aqsa] mosque is in Israel. In fact, the mosque is in East Jerusalem, and the Canadian government does not recognize Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem.

CJPME is pleased that CP24 acted promptly to rectify its false claim. However, CJPME notes that the statement did not specifically describe East Jerusalem’s status as occupied Palestinian territory, and urges CP24 to include this aspect in future reporting.