In a June 1 report, CBC correspondent Peter Mansbridge spoke of the closure of Israel's Gaza borders and stated that Gaza currently has “an infant mortality rate among the highest in the world.”
Not only is Gaza's infant mortality rate not among the highest in the world, it's actually lower than that of many Middle Eastern countries, political commentor Barry Rubin noted in his blog. Infant mortality is significantly lower in Gaza (17.71 per 1,000 live births) than in Iran (34.7), Turkey (24.8), Libya (20.87), Iraq (43.16), and Egypt (26.2), and only slightly higher than that of Jordan (17.03), Syria (16.14), and Lebanon (16.4).
Accurate information on mortality in Gaza and elsewhere is easily available from the CIA World Factbook, published online, Rubin noted.
In response to an inquiry from the watchdog group Honest Reporting, a CBC editor said Mansbridge's statement was “an error.” The station rejected charges that the statement reflected anti-Israel bias.
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