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CJPME ORGANIZES A MEETING TO DISCUSS ITS RECENT CASE by pab13601

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									Contact: Thomas Woodley
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Telephone: (514) 745-8491



CJPME ORGANIZES A MEETING TO DISCUSS ITS RECENT CASE AGAINST THE
GLOBE AND MAIL, AND TO HEAR RANA ABDALLA SPEAK ABOUT THE SITUATION
OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES STRANDED ON IRAQ’S BORDER

                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONTREAL, Mar. 25 / – CJPME is holding a meeting to discuss its success in a complaint it brought one
year ago to the Ontario Press Council (OPC) against the Globe and Mail, concerning an editorial which
appeared following the election of Hamas to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in February, 2006.

The meeting will take place Sunday, March 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the offices of the LCHA, at 4480
Côte-de-Liesse, TMR.

The CJPME complaint presented to the OPC specified multiple violations of the OPC’s code of ethics,
including plagiarism, and false and misleading claims. Following a hearing in Toronto on February 28th, the
OPC issued its decision on March 14th. An interactive panel will discuss the outcome and the implications of
the results. CJPME’s case against the Globe is fully documented and explained on its Website at
www.cjpme.ca/opc.shtml.

“Canadians expect high standards from their media,” stated Rula Odeh, a member of the CJPME leadership
team. “This is not about the latitude needed to express an editorial opinion; this is about maintaining high
journalistic integrity in providing informed opinions. Relying on extremist, uncorroborated sources and
viewpoints – from either the Palestinian or Israeli side – promotes a skewed perspective on Canadian foreign
policy… with serious consequences.”

CJPME also welcomes Rana Abdalla, an Ottawa activist who works for the rights and safety of Palestinians
who fled Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein. Many of these refugees have become stranded for years
at the border between Iraq, and Jordan and Syria. Ms. Abdalla will speak of her work with these refugees, the
extreme conditions, and their hopelessness.

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About CJPME

CJPME is a pan-Canadian grassroots advocacy organization uniting Canadians of all backgrounds who
believe in justice, peace and security for all people in the Middle East. CJPME seeks to positively influence
Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East and Canadian media coverage of the events and peoples of the
region. CJPME values Canada’s historical role as a neutral broker in the Middle East, and wants to promote
better understanding among Canadians of Middle Eastern issues and dynamics.

For more information, please contact:
Thomas Woodley
Tel : (514) 745-8491
media@cjpme.ca
www.cjpme.ca

								
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