Letter Sent to CBC Ombudsman

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On July 19, 2021, the CBC aired a video in which NCCM chairperson Mustafa Farooq was featured, giving outlines for the Summit on Islamophobia held July 26.

Reference:

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1923337795802?fbclid=IwAR2OJdtacSvhNoGSKmw_s9faZMPr33BwVxUwOZNu4AvPY_GOQj_8u1ePhFs

Our concern is that when the CBC gave a platform to Mr. Farooq, they were not simply reporting on what he said.

Mr Farooq has had very controversial views in the past concerning not only the LGBTQ community, but also the Jewish community, the Christian community and the West in general.

Reference:

Mustafa Farooq says NCCM aspires to live by ideals of Malcolm X [known for anti-Jewish statements]

https://news.acdemocracy.org/mustafa-farooq-says-nccm-aspires-to-live-by-ideals-of-malcolm-x-known-for-anti-jewish-statements/

“Today we begin with El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, otherwise known as @Malcolm X. His message of truth and justice are ideals we aspire to live by at NCCM. “

NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq: “How are we Muslims going to recreate Cordoba [Caliphate] in any Canadian city?”

https://news.acdemocracy.org/nccms-mustafa-farooq-how-are-we-muslims-going-to-recreate-cordoba-caliphate-in-any-canadian-city/

“ How are we Muslims going to recreate Cordoba* in Edmonton/Toronto/Montreal/any Canadian city? We have a massive task ahead of us, but I really believe that it is one at which we can succeed, one in which we erase these artificial “nation-state” identities, and move together to pursue Jannah [paradise].”

NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq calls Christian street preachers “awful people”

https://news.acdemocracy.org/nccms-mustafa-farooq-calls-christian-street-preachers-awful-people/

“A bunch of awful people showed up in Ottawa to scream about the redemption of Christ and All Lives Matter”

NCCM Mustafa Farooq’s statements critical of alliances with LGBTQ

 

https://news.acdemocracy.org/nccm-mustafa-farooqs-statements-critical-of-alliances-with-lgbtq/

NCCM’s Mustafa Farooq calls pro-mujahideen Imam “amazing Canadian,” “national treasure”

https://news.acdemocracy.org/nccms-mustafa-farooq-calls-pro-mujahideen-imam-amazing-canadian-national-treasure/

“Mustafa Farooq commended Imam Ibrahim Hindy for his firm stance on revoking Ghada Melek’s candidacy. Farroq wrote: “Ibrahim Hindy is an amazing Canadian and as far as I’m concerned a national treasure.”

On July 19, 2021, FHIC sent a letter to NCCM requesting that they remove a tweet that could be seen as to incite hate without just cause. As of today, July 28, 2021, the tweet is still visible. They have not removed nor amended the tweet as we requested.

Reference:

https://fhic.ca/2021/07/19/letter-sent-to-nccm/

We believe a review is in order of the individuals that CBC allows a platform. An individual who espouses the opinions above should be carefully reviewed according to CBCs journalistic standards and practices:

https://cbc.radio-canada.ca/en/vision/governance/journalistic-standards-and-practices

We are open and straightforward when we present interviewees and their statements. We make every effort to disclose the identity of interviewees and to give the context and explanations necessary for the audience to judge the relevance and credibility of their statements. In exceptional cases and for serious cause, we may decide to withhold such information in whole or in part. In such cases we explain the situation to the audience without disclosing the information that must be kept secret.”

However, in this case, it seems that CBC violated these journalistic standards by not providing the relevant background information about Mr. Farroq’s statements on issues directly related to the topic of his speech.

We strongly suggest that CBC add background information or links concerning Mr. Farooq’s previous statements to their article posted July 19. In addition, we recommend giving Mr. Farooq an opportunity to explain these controversial statements.

Sincerely,

Fighting Hate In Canada

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