Jian Ghomeshi turned up the heat not only for himself but also for the CBC. It appears that the broadcast has continually followed “a hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil” culture to thrive when it comes to harassment and sexual harassment and assault of its employees.
The unfolding of the Ghomeshi affairs have included various incidents involving Ghomeshi where he assaulted and harassed many CBC co-workers
The first incident of Ghomeshi’s behaviour came to light in 2010 when a complainant went to Arif Noorani, the Producer of “Q” in the hope that he would protect her. In turn, Noorani did nothing. Now we find out that he has decided to leave “Q” possibly due to the personal embarrassment of doing nothing to protect employees, and allowing Ghomeshi to continue his harassing behaviour for another four years.
Now a total of nine people have come forward with complaints that Ghomeshi sexually harassed them. Most of what has been reported has come from sources other than the CBC. We do know that the CBC has acknowledged what has happened, going as far as expressing regret and arranging for counselling for other victims that may come forward. Yet it has offered very little reporting from an “in house” perspective from which only it can provide.
Years ago the CBC had evidence that Ghomeshi sexually assaulted a female on at least one occasion. Sexual assault is a crime. Why wasn’t the police called at that time? If the CBC saw another crime such as robbery or murder being committed, would they alert the police?
Even when Ghomeshi was terminated, the CBC offered him the option of resigning and pretending that his departure was voluntary. This, amounts to the broadcaster knowing about Ghomeshi’s crimes and escapades, but with the best scenario offered by the CBC that he goes away quietly, and no one would ever know. This again illustrates and corroborates that same hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil mentality that has continued to operate at the CBC. One must ask if the broadcaster’s attitude to protect the criminal and give him the opportunity to reoffend?
Although personnel policies to safeguard and respect the rights of CBC employees do exist, they are meaningless and hollow if the corporation refused to take action. In other words, talk is cheap, and in this case worthless.
The CBC has already admitted that there is a problem from within. However, it is unable to examine and report on itself. No doubt, the CBC is the problem, and only the CBC can it be part of the solution.
In the following link, the Sun News Network asks some important questions about the CBC’s handling of the issue
The CBC owes both its employees and the public a frank and honest explanation and apology for what happened. As Canadians how can we trust the CBC when we cannot count on its integrity to do the right thing.