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Canadian media targeted for foreign interference, report says

Photo: Patrick Doyle The Canadian Press The media was singled out in a recent review of the Committee of Parliamentarians on National Security and Intelligence chaired by Liberal MP David McGuinty, pictured above speaking to reporters Wednesday in Ottawa.

Mickey Djuric – The Canadian Press in Ottawa

Posted at 3:44 p.m.

  • Canada

Foreign actors are trying to interfere with Canadian media, and journalists and their bosses need to be aware, the chair of the Committee of Parliamentarians on National Security and Intelligence warned Wednesday.

All forms of media, including mainstream media, are subject to interference by malicious people, said Liberal MP David McGuinty.

He indicated he could not release details because the information is classified.

The media was singled out in a recent committee review chaired by Mr. McGuinty.

It highlights how China and India are interfering with Canadian media content by engaging directly with journalists and leaders media.

“Foreign interference is clearly present in the media, and it is singled out in the review, not only in our most recent review but also in the previous one,” Mr. McGuinty told reporters Wednesday.

“You should read it and pass it on to your owners and editors. »

The latest report says there are examples of China paying to publish news articles without attribution, funding media trips to China, pressuring journalists to retract articles and create fake accounts on social media to spread disinformation.

The report also states that India has developed a network of contacts through which it carries out interference activities involving journalists, members of ethnocultural communities and parliamentarians.

The redacted report is based on secret intelligence, which often does not give a complete picture of the situation and does not amount to evidence.

These states are targeting Canada to exploit its open society and penetrate institutions to achieve their goals, the committee's 2019 report points out.

This includes media manipulation, which poses a significant risk for the rights and freedoms of Canadians and for the sovereignty of the country, according to this same report.

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