CBC chided for refusing to ID alleged war criminals

After pressure from QMI Agency and Sun News, the Canada Border Services Agency has released the...

After pressure from QMI Agency and Sun News, the Canada Border Services Agency has released the names and details of 30 war criminals wanted in the country, mostly in Toronto.

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

MONTREAL - The CBC's refusal to broadcast the names and faces of 30 suspected war criminals is puzzling, says the minister who oversees the state broadcaster.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Heritage Minister James Moore said every other news organization in Canada has released the identities of the suspects Canada wants to deport.

"I leave it to the CBC to just explain why they've done the things they have done," said Moore. "It is curious that the CBC is the only broadcaster that's made the decision not to show the pictures although they have published the website where people can see the pictures of these folks."

A CBC spokesman has said the state broadcaster will not release the names and faces because of their journalistic standards. Evan Solomon from CBC's Power and Politics show said there is not enough known about these individuals to release their identities.

Asked if he had contacted the CBC about its policy, Moore replied, "I don't interfere in the day-to-day activities of the CBC."

The state broadcaster's website did publish the name and photo Friday of Abraham Bahaty Bayavuge, a suspected Congolese war criminal who was ordered to remain behind bars pending deportation.


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