On December 23rd the Centre wrote to V-Télé to express its concern over the constant incitement of its host Stéphane Gendron against Jews and Israel. Since then, Mr. Gendron crossed all lines by stating that Israel has no right to exist. For this reason, the Centre is making its letter public. In response to our letter, V-Télé’s Co-President is set to meet this week with the prodution team of Mr. Gendron’s show.
Montreal , December 23, 2011
Mr. Maxime Rémillard
85, rue St-Paul Ouest
For several months one of the star hosts of V, Stéphane Gendron, has been spilling his animosity and prejudices against the Jewish community of Quebec on his “news and strong opinion” show.
Contrary to Mr. Gendron’s beliefs, incitement to hatred of Jews does not qualify as strong opinion, as underscored by Article III paragraph 8.1 of the Code of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.
Under the pretext of criticizing Israel, your host conveys age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes. It is no more acceptable today than it was at the time of his dismissal from TQS in 2006, to “persevere in the path he has chosen” and to make “comments likely to offend or hurt groups of citizens or viewers” as the managing team of TQS then explained.
Therefore, we would like to meet you on a date of your choice to find a solution to a situation that has gone on for far too long.
Luciano Del Négro B.A., LL.B., M.A