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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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2024-09: Wood v National Post

March 28, 2024 — for immediate release The NNC found that corrective action was taken by the news organization to address a concern about accuracy in a January 26, 2024, opinion article, “B.C. court’s shaky logic puts unrestricted drug use above rights of general public,” published by the National Post. The opinion column criticized a provisional ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court, which upheld a temporary ban on enforcing a law that prohibits illicit substance use in certain public spaces. …

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2023-111: Toney v National Post

March 12, 2024 — for immediate release The National NewsMedia Council has dismissed a complaint with reservation about language use and context in an October 16, 2023, article, “Here’s a list of key Hamas operatives killed by Israeli forces,” published by the National Post. Jason Toney, the director of media advocacy with Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, filed a complaint stating concern that the article distributed by the content provider the Jewish News Syndicate, and re-published …

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Update from the Complaints Desk: March 2024

The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) has recently dealt with several complaints that question editorial decision-making surrounding the inclusion of certain information in news and opinion pieces.  The NNC understands the factors that inform news judgment are complex and depend on the nature, scope, and value of the story. The production and dissemination of ethical journalism consists of weighing a number of considerations, including deciding which context to include in a story about complex or sensitive matters, the public’s right to …

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