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Bell, Rogers to remove Russian state media outlet RT, heritage minister says

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Bell and Rogers will allegedly be removing Russian state media outlet RT from their networks with Rogers broadcasting the Ukrainian flag in its place, according to Canada’s Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez.

Rogers said on Twitter that Russia Today will “no longer be available” on their channel lineup effective Monday. Bell has already removed the outlet, according to Rodriguez.

“I commend Bell for removing RT,” Rodriguez tweeted Sunday evening.

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“RT is the propaganda arm of Putin’s regime that spreads disinformation. It has no place here.”

RT’s removal comes after the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josef Borrell, said earlier Sunday that RT and Sputnik — another Russian state-owned media outlet — will both be banned in the EU for spreading disinformation.

Canada has joined a number of other western allies in placing sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine, including personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin. Canada also announced Sunday that it would close its air space to Russian aircraft.

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Canada adds Russian media personalities, companies in latest round of sanctions – CP24

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Canada adds Russian media personalities, companies in latest round of sanctions

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OTTAWA — Canada has announced it is imposing a new round of sanctions on Russian media personalities and companies accused of spreading disinformation about Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced the latest sanctions against 38 individuals and 16 entities, saying those affected are propagating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lies.

Among those added to Canada’s blacklist are several Russian singers, including former contestants on the popular Eurovision singing contest, as well as actors and athletes.

The list also includes one of Russia’s largest state-owned media groups, MIA Rossiya Segodnya, which owns and operates a large number of Russian-language companies.

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Many of the new additions had already been sanctioned by Canada’s allies following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago.

The new measures come amid questions about the effectiveness of Canada’s sanctions regime.

The Canadian Press reported this week that as of June 7, Canada had ordered $123 million in assets within Canada frozen, and $289 million in transactions had been blocked under sanctions prohibitions related to Russia.

But by late December, the RCMP said only $122 million in assets were listed as seized, and $292 million in transactions had been blocked despite hundreds more people associated with Russia being put on the sanctions list.

The police force did not provide an explanation for why the sums reported by financial institutions had hardly changed during that period.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 3, 2023.

 

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