FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2017
Montréal, QC- In an online referendum held throughout the week, a majority of McGill students voted to renew the compulsory levy from their tuition fees to fund The McGill Daily, a student-run campus newspaper. In 2016, the editorial board of theThe McGill Daily adopted a policy banning the publication of articles espousing what it called “a Zionist worldview”.
In response to the referendum’s outcome, Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Co-Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec (CIJA-Québec), issued the following statement.
“The profoundly biased and discriminatory editorial line of The McGill Daily grossly encroaches on the most elemental of journalistic ethics. It further violates the freedom of expression of students and blatantly infringes on both McGill University’s and Quebec’s political culture of democratic pluralism.
“It is morally unconscionable that McGill students should be forced to fund a campus publication that openly discriminates against them on the basis of their identity and political views.
“As a result of the referendum, the McGill administration will now have to negotiate a new memorandum of understanding with the publishers of The McGill Daily. CIJA-Québec urges the administration to use this opportunity to correct this intolerable injustice. We ask that the administration ensure that continued compulsory funding of The McGill Daily requires its full compliance with universally-recognized journalistic ethics, such as the Quebec Press Council’s Ethics Guide.
“As disappointing as the referendum results are, CIJA-Québec extends its congratulations and unwavering support to the students who led the ‘no’ campaign. We commend all who rightfully objected to the perpetuation of The McGill Daily’s unjust exclusion of Jewish and pro-Israel voices.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
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