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NNC welcomes two new public directors

The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) is excited to welcome two new public directors who were elected by members at the organization’s annual general meeting held late last month.  Alexandra Brown, a retired lawyer, joins the NNC after spending more than 35 years practicing tax litigation at national firms and in the federal public service.  During her career, Brown was actively involved in mentoring and supporting continuing education in the legal profession. She has also consistently volunteered in her community, including …

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2024-29: Luciuk v Ottawa Citizen

June 19, 2024 – for immediate release  The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) found that corrective action was taken to address a complaint about attribution in an article published by the Ottawa Citizen. Lubomyr Luciuk filed a complaint about an April 25, 2024, news story that reported the American Library Association had pulled an award for a book co-edited by the complainant over concerns that the book’s content “whitewashes Nazi collaborators in Ukraine during the Second World War.”

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2024-23: Mardikian v Toronto Sun

June 10, 2024 – for immediate release The National NewsMedia Council has mediated and found that corrective action was taken to address a concern about accuracy in a March 16, 2024, opinion column published by the Toronto Sun. The opinion column argued, “many anti-Israel initiatives [are] anything but grassroots efforts,” and pointed to a document produced by a U.S.-based organization that offered guidance “on organizing for ceasefire resolutions in local city councils” to support its argument. The original column stated …

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Notice of 2024 National NewsMedia Council (NNC) Annual General Meeting

Please note that the National NewsMedia Council will be holding its 2024 Annual General Meeting on June 20, 2024, at noon (12 pm) EDT. This year’s meeting will be held via tele/videoconference. Members can access a PDF of the meeting notice, agenda, and proxy forms by clicking here. All current members in good standing who wish to attend the AGM should RSVP to Brent Jolly, the NNC’s managing director, at bjolly@mediacouncil.ca as soon as possible. Upon receipt of your request to attend the …

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2024-13: Khurshid v National Post

April 23, 2024 – for immediate release  The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) has considered and found that corrective action was taken to address a concern about the accuracy of a statement in a January 9, 2024, opinion article published by the National Post. Saad Khurshid filed a complaint alleging factual inaccuracies in an opinion column that argued police were not taking sufficient action to address antisemitic incidents. In particular, the complainant took issue with the accuracy of the statement that …

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2023-96: Di Millo v Toronto Star

April 5, 2024 — for immediate release The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) has considered and dismissed a complaint about accuracy and context in a November 1, 2023 article, “Tories hold lead over Liberals, Canadians report limited trust in institutions: poll,” published by the Toronto Star. The complainant, Gus Di Millo, filed a complaint stating so-called ‘opt-in’ polls should not be used by media outlets as an accurate reflection of public opinion. The complainant argued these types of polls are not …

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