Most of us have been aware of the anti-Israel bias across all forms of the media. We have read articles or witnessed television coverage which has left us feeling uneasy. We imagine the effects of this material on our colleagues, neighbours, politicians, and the public at large.
HonestReporting Canada was created in 2003 to ensure that biased information is challenged and corrected. It was created to provide the facts to journalists and to the public. It was created to remind those "running the show" that consumers of the news care about accuracy, care about Israel and are actively monitoring what the media produces.
To date, HRC's efforts have been very successful. We have developed close professional relationships with many media outlets which appreciate our hard work, and we have changed the approach of a number of news organizations whose material has been less than acceptable. Importantly, we have activated our 22,000+ subscribers who read our media action alerts and work to help stand Israel in high esteem.
A recent HonestReporting alert encouraged subscribers to contact Radio-Canada, the French-arm of the CBC, after it brazenly aired a pro-Palestinian propaganda film on Canadian airwaves. After hundreds of HRC subscribers complained en masse, Radio-Canada acknowledged that the documentary was "clearly pro-Palestinian" and said that it would broadcast an additional film "offering other viewpoints on Israel and Gaza" in the future.
National Post columnist Barbara Kay wrote: "It was a small media watch group called HonestReporting Canada that picked up this lapse in journalistic ethics. This looks like a coup for HonestReporting Canada, and a victory for the ideal of ethical journalism everywhere... Had HonestReporting Canada not been on the ball, Radio-Canada's viewing audience would only have been exposed to a pro-Palestinian perspective."
It is problematic "documentaries" like these that spurred the creation of HonestReporting Canada.
But there's much more work to do. Our efforts are made possible only through your kind donations. As the only organization dedicated exclusively to ensuring fair and accurate Canadian media coverage of Israel, we need your support for our 2009 Campaign. For the last five years, we have depended on the good will and generosity of concerned individuals who help us to combat anti-Israel media bias worldwide.
The battle for public opinion is key for Israel and one in which HRC, working hand-in-hand with informed, committed people like you, is making a difference. Please help us raise $100,000 for our critical year end campaign.Sincerely, Mike Fegelman Executive Director, HonestReporting Canada firstname.lastname@example.org
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