The Canadian Press has pulled the cover from the U.S. national news page after an
that claimed the country is “the safest country in the world” was taken down by social media users.
The article, published on Saturday, said that Canada is “one of the safest countries in the developed world,” citing statistics from the Pew Research Center and the World Health Organization.
The piece also claimed that Canada was the only country in Europe to not have a single confirmed case of the coronavirus, though the actual number of confirmed cases is far higher.
Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, issued a statement saying that the piece had been removed from the website because of a “lack of editorial control” and because the story “contained false and defamatory statements.”
“We are committed to accurate and accurate reporting,” the statement said.
“The Globe and Post is committed to maintaining a level of integrity and transparency in our journalism.
This article was not only inaccurate, it was harmful to the health and well-being of Canadians.”
The Globe said the article, which was published by the paper’s Washington bureau, had been taken down because it was not properly vetted.
“We take all issues of accuracy and ethics seriously,” the paper said in a statement.
“As a newspaper, we are not bound by our editorial standards and we do not comment on individual stories or individuals.”
According to a 2016 U.K. study, Canada is home to about 4.2 million people, or more than half the country’s population.
The U.N. said last week that the country has recorded nearly 8,000 new cases of the virus.