Two reviews released, others under way

Since my last post I have released two reviews and launched seven others.

The first review concerned a September 5 report on CBC Television's The National on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on the economy of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I did not find a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices, given the expertise that supported the story's premise.

The second review concerned a July 8 report on CBC Television's The National on the so-called Liberation Treatment for multiple sclerosis. I did not find a violation of CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices and concluded that CBC had no other choice, in the absence of peer-reviewed science supporting the treatment, but to outline the treatment's risks.

When complainants to CBC News are dissatisfied with the response, they can ask for a review of their concerns to determine if CBC news and information content fulfilled the Journalistic Standards and Practices policy.

I have launched seven such reviews in recent days, including: four filed by the HonestReporting Canada organization about various CBC Television and Radio reports on Middle East issues; one on the graphic nature of a 911 call aired last year on CBC Radio Vancouver following the death of a five-year-old girl; one on headlines in recent weeks on CBCNews.ca; and one on a recent CBC Radio's Fisheries Broadcast