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Samson: Tennis star Shelby Rogers speaks out about social media harassment after US Open loss

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Over the weekend, American tennis star Shelby Rogers said that she was going to receive “nine million death threats” on social media after losing to Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu in straight sets. Rogers even admitted that she wished that “social media didn’t exist.”

“Obviously we appreciate the spotlight in those moments, but then you have today and I’m going to have nine million death threats and whatnot,” Rogers told reporters following her loss. “It’s very much polarizing, one extreme to the other very quickly.”

During Tuesday’s installment of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” David Samson weighed in on what online abuse can do to people, including athletes, and why it has to stop.

“We can’t sit back and laugh or read or do not emphasize with people that are bullied,” Samson said. “When your sports hero loses a game, it is well within your right to boo or send a message saying ‘you sucked today.’ It is not alright to bully on social media thinking that they’re celebrities. I’ve never met a rich person who doesn’t get impacted by these statements.

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“I’ve never met an athlete who actually ignores and dismisses the boos. They hear it. We view them as more than human. My message to Shelby Rogers and Sloane Stephens is I hear you and I’m sorry for you. I won’t stand by and watch this happen. When I see something like this happen, I will do something by blocking or reporting these bullies.”

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

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  1. Canada adds Russian media personalities, companies in latest round of sanctions  CP24
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Analysis | House GOP embraces mainstream media after years of bashing 'fake news' – The Washington Post

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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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