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CBSC determines no breach in talk segment on Israel-Palestine conflict

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has determined that a Kamloops, B.C. talk show host was entitled to express his opinion on the Israel-Palestine conflict during an interview last October.

During the segment on NL Newsday with Brett Mineer on CHNL on Oct. 27, a representative from a local mosque was invited to discuss the conflict in the Middle East as many members of the community have family in Gaza.

The conversation then shifted, with the host and guest raising political and historical elements of the conflict, including disagreeing over the use of terminology like “war,” “genocide,” and “terrorist group” when referring to Hamas. The conversation was eventually ended by Mineer over disagreement about how the events of Oct. 7, in which Israeli civilians were allegedly beheaded by the organization, had taken place.

The CBSC received over 100 complaints about the broadcast, many alleging that the segment had been discriminatory towards the guest, and Palestinians in general, by implying that they supported terrorism, in addition to expressing disappointment that the host cut off the guest before she could fully clarify her points. Others felt the host had made inaccurate statements about the beheading video in question. CHNL argued that the guest had also made questionable statements about the number of Palestinians killed each year in Gaza.

The CBSC’s English-Language Panel examined the complaints under the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Code of Ethics, concluding that both the host and guest were entitled to express their viewpoints about the Middle East conflict and that no negative comments were made about the guest or Palestinians in general.

“There was no breach for the fact that the conversation went in an unanticipated direction,” stated the CBSC. “Both sides had an opportunity to state their views. Both parties made statements that could be considered hyperbole, but there was nothing materially inaccurate in the broadcast.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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