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2023-66: Kong v Goldstream Gazette & 2023-76: Kong v Times-Colonist

January 29, 2024 — for immediate release The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) dismissed two complaints from the same complainant about the accuracy of similar articles published by different media organizations. The first article was published in the July 13, 2023 of the Goldstream Gazette under the headline, “Federal bank clarifies it is not funding West Shore battery train pilot”. The second article was published in the July 25, 2023 issue of the Victoria Times-Colonist under the headline, “West Shore light …

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Update from the Complaints Desk: January 2024

Over the last few months, the National NewsMedia Council (NNC) has received a considerable number of complaints from individuals and organizations concerned with the use of language and arguments contained in opinion pieces. The nature of opinion writing provides readers with opportunities to see their own views reflected or, frequently, consider alternate perspectives on matters of public interest.  While readers may disagree with particular ideas or arguments, the NNC regularly explains that this, in itself, is not a breach of …

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2023-117: Multiple v Toronto Sun

January 9, 2024 – for immediate release The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) found that corrective action was taken to address a complaint about a syndicated cartoon published by the Toronto Sun on December 20, 2023. The NNC received more than two dozen complaints about a cartoon that depicted the Ukrainian President picking the pocket of the U.S. President. Complainants pointed out that the cartoon used antisemitic stereotypes and inaccurately characterized Ukraine war efforts.

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Corrective action taken by Toronto Sun to address complaints about antisemitic cartoon

The National NewsMedia Council found that corrective action was taken to address a complaint about a syndicated cartoon published by the Toronto Sun on December 20, 2023.  The NNC received more than two dozen complaints about a cartoon that depicted the Ukrainian President picking the pocket of the U.S. President.  Complainants pointed out that the cartoon used antisemitic stereotypes and inaccurately characterized Ukraine war efforts.  In response to concerns raised by readers, the Toronto Sun removed the cartoon and published …

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Update from the Complaints Desk – December 22, 2023

The NNC frequently hears from individuals concerned about coverage of sensitive issues. Even when reporting is accurate, individuals may still raise concerns, for example, over appropriate language use when covering complex or particularly divisive matters, the individual impact of reporting on the courts, or the dangers of perpetuating stereotypes and stigma when covering mental health matters.  Journalists consider a number of factors when deciding which information and language to include in a story, including its newsworthiness and relevance, the public’s …

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2023-83: Fiegehen v Soo Today

December 10, 2023 – for immediate release  The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) has considered and found that corrective action was taken to address a complaint about graphic content in an image accompanying a September 18, 2023, news article published by Soo Today. The article reported on a bail hearing for an individual charged with attempted murder and murder. The article included an image of the accused with a caption noting that the photo was submitted by a reader.

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