My CBC Ombudsman complaint filed over the CBC documentary “Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows”

EDMONTON - Omar Khadr on May 9, 2015, with his longtime Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney. Edney, along with his wife Patricia, have offered the 28-year-old their home while he is out on bay after nearly 13 years in prison. MICHELLE SHEPHARD/TORONTO STAR.

EDMONTON – Omar Khadr on May 9, 2015, with his longtime Canadian lawyer Dennis Edney. Edney, along with his wife Patricia, have offered the 28-year-old their home while he is out on bay after nearly 13 years in prison. MICHELLE SHEPHARD/TORONTO STAR.

Update: Below is the response I’ve received from the CBC Ombudsman:

Dear Mr. Skoreyko:

I write to acknowledge receipt of your email.  The first step in the process is to share your complaint with the relevant programmers, who have the right and responsibility to respond.  I have therefore shared your email with Mark Starowicz, Executive Director of Documentary Programming.  If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you may ask me to review the matter.

Programmers are asked to try to reply within twenty working days.

Sincerely,
Esther Enkin

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Below is the complaint that I filed May 30th:

Esther Enkin, CBC Ombudsman

On Wednesday May 27th the CBC posted an article to promote the documentary called Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows (see here) which included this disclosure:

“The interview is part of a 44-minute documentary, Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows, a collaboration between the CBC, the Toronto Star and White Pine Pictures.”

Yet the press release issued by the CBC on the same day (see here) includes this disclosure:

“OMAR KHADR: OUT OF THE SHADOWS is produced by White Pine Pictures in association with CBC, Radio-Canada, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera America, and with the participation of Shaw Media Hot Docs Development Fund, Canada Media Fund, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.”

I would like to know:

1) Why the CBC partnered with the highly controversial media company Al Jazeera that is controlled by the dictatorship of Qatar?

2) Why the CBC omitted mentioning this partnership in its news article written by CBC News Producer Daniel Swartz?

3) What were the terms CBC agreed to with Al Jazeera including editorial control?

I look forward to your response.

Thank you
Dean Skoreyko

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