Reviews released and under way

Since my last post I have released five findings and launched two new reviews.

The first finding involved a complaint CBC Television reports on The National concerning the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the member of Congress, in which six died and 19 were wounded. There was an error in the initial report, but correct information was later carried, and the analytical nature of the reports was within CBC journalistic policy.

The second finding concerned a complaint that video footage was not used by CBC News from the MV Mavi Marmara, the Canadian-owned ship that was part of a 2010 flotilla headed for the Gaza, during and following the boarding of the ship by Israeli soldiers. I did not find a violation of policy and noted the limited role in reviewing such complaints about day-to-day decision-making.

The third finding involved a complaint about a CBC.ca page that provided background on the issue of assisted suicide. I did not find a violation of policy concerning the use of language or the fairness of the online journalism.

The fourth finding concerned a complaint about language on a CBC Radio program. I did not find a violation of policy but noted the importance of exercising restraint in broadcast.

The fifth finding involved a complaint about the accuracy and fairness of a CBC Radio Ottawa report and CBC.ca story on a robotics competition. I did not find a violation of policy, but there was room for improvement.

Two reviews have been launched in recent days. The first involves a complaint about a commentator on the CBC News Network. The second concerned the fairness of a CBC Radio report on a labour dispute.