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HRC Prompts CBC Correction: Mavi Marmara Flotilla Ship Never Had Humanitarian Aid on Board

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Following a complaint filed by HonestReporting Canada on July 22, today, CBC News.ca issued the following correction after falsely claiming that the anti-Israel flotilla vessel, the Mavi Marmara, was “loaded with supplies for Gaza” when Israeli forces interdicted the vessel in 2010:

A July 21 CBC.ca article entitled “Who is Fethullah Gulen, the man Erdogan blames for coup attempt in Turkey?” had erroneously stated the following: “The cracks in their relationship began to emerge in 2010, when Gulen commented publicly on the Mavi Marmara incident, in which nine Turks were killed when Israeli soldiers stormed a Turkish ship loaded with supplies for Gaza.”

Contrary to what CBC.ca had reported, the anti-Israel flotilla ship known as the Mavi Marmara carried only passengers (and many armed individuals) who in 2010 attempted to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Importantly, there was no humanitarian aid on board the ship.

There was no truth to the CBC’s reporting that the Marmara was a ship which was “loaded with supplies for Gaza.” Naturally, it behooved CBC News to publish a correction notice to set the record straight and HRC is appreciative that CBC has done just that.

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