Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
It’s April Fools’, but this is no hoax. Report commits the sin it condemns.
It’s April Fools’ today, and the joke is brought to you by the United Nations University.
In 2017, that institution published a research report that says the UN has a “key role to play in ensuring ethical reporting” by journalists. It complains there are too few regulations about how journalists portray migrants and migration, and insists adequate monitoring of media coverage isn’t taking place.
This is a disturbing document from many perspectives, one of which is that no one at HQ apparently bothered to proof read it. It’s a mess from beginning to end, with numerous grammatical errors and typos everywhere.
I’m not talking just small ones. There, in the second paragraph of the introduction, we’re told that
migrants are especially prone to acts of hatred and intolerance.
That’s not what the report means to say. But that’s what it does, indeed, proclaim.
Last December 13th, I asked the UN University via its website if a draft version had been uploaded by mistake. Was another version of the report available?
That’s quite a statement, given that the UN has been waging a years-long campaign to quash ‘hate speech’ against migrants.