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Author Dr. Jon Thompson, journalists Bruce Wark and Miles Howe, Jane MacMillan of
Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace, which is sponsoring the event.
Dr. Thompson is Professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics, University of New
Brunswick and the author of the recent book, “No Debate: The Israel Lobby and Free
Speech at Canadian Universities”. He was Chair of the independent investigation of the
unfair treatment of medical researcher Dr. Nancy Olivieri at Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto
and wrote the Olivieri report.
Bruce Wark is a freelance journalist and retired journalism professor who now lives in
Parrsboro. He taught the history and ethics of journalism at the University of King's College in
Halifax for 15 years. Before that, he worked for 19 years at CBC Radio news serving as a
producer in charge of such network programs as World at Six, World Report and The House.
He also produced Media File, a national program that looked critically at the performance of
the news media.
Miles Howe is a Halifax-based freelance journalist who covered the Canadian Boat to Gaza
and whose CBC Radio interview and feature article in The Coast generated considerable
Jane MacMillan is a member of the Halifax organization Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a
Just Peace that conducts local educational events and speaking events on the Middle East.
Event Sponsored by Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace
Audio recorded for the Halifax Media Co-op by Scott Barber
Nova Scotia daily newspaper coverage of the Middle East favours Israel and almost never quotes Palestinians, a study has found.
Jim Guild of Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace (CAJJP) searched and analyzed more than 500 stories published between Dec. 1,2011 and May 15, 2012 that contained the word Israel or Palestinian.
Israel appeared in 467 stories and Palestinian in only 68, said Mr. Guild, a volunteer researcher with the Halifax-based group.
“Fewer than 10 of the 500 plus stories quoted a Palestinian, and usually at the end of the story,” he said. “Israeli government officials were quoted or cited in all stories reviewed.”
No mention was made in any published story of the recently-ended hunger strike by more than 2,000 Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails; and Israel’s 45-year-old occupation of the West Bank and Gaza was mentioned in only a few stories.
And only one story stated that Israeli settlements in the West Bank were illegal –- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said so in a Feb. 2 story published in the Cape Breton Post.
Nearly all the news stories are produced by Associated Press and are presumably available to all the province’s daily newspapers, Mr. Guild said. The Chronicle-Herald published the most stories, but was "particularly inclined to not publish stories that cast Israel in a unflattering light".
Many such stories were published, however, in daily newspapers in Amherst, Truro, New Glasgow and Sydney.
To better understand why there is such an imbalance, CAJJP has organized a panel discussion entitled “Silencing Israel’s Critics” on Thursday (May 24) at 7 p.m. at Sobeys Room 255 at St. Mary’s University.
Panel members are author Jon Thompson, journalists Bruce Wark and Miles Howe, Jane MacMillan of Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace.
Contact: Jim Guild
full panel and most of Q and A
Sobeys Building, St. Mary's University, Halifax, NS, Canada