Canadian news timeline on Quebec shooter includes incorrect info

Canadian news timeline on Quebec shooter includes incorrect info
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The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) has not removed incorrect information from its interactive timeline of the Quebec City mosque shooting that said “one of the suspects is of Moroccan descent." 

The Jan. 30 update, posted at 10:55 a.m., also stated incorrectly that two men were arrested. 

Authorities confirmed hours later that only one suspect was involved, and he is not of Moroccan descent. He is Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27-year-old French Canadian who, according to the New York Times, "was well known to people who monitor far-right groups in Quebec, where he frequently on sites speaking about immigration and Islam."


Bissonette was charged with six counts of murder on Monday. 

The CBC timeline named Bissonnette as a suspect in a 3:25 p.m. update that day, but as of Wednesday it had still not removed the earlier incorrect information.

Fox News was criticized by the Canadian government and some U.S. media outlets for not immediately removing a tweet with similar misinformation about the shooter's origin. 

The network has since removed the tweet after receiving a letter from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office and stated it regretted the error. 

The Hill has reached out to the CBC for comment.