The CanWest Chill: “We do not run in our newspaper Op Ed pieces that express criticism of Israel”

The CanWest Chill: “We do not run in our newspaper Op Ed pieces that express criticism of Israel”

The 7 December 2001 broadcast [Real Audio link] of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s As It Happens uncovered a disturbing example of corporate and political interference in freedom of the press. The program reported on a new editorial policy directive from CanWest Global, a leading Canadian media conglomerate, that impairs readers’ ability to make up their own minds about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other issues.