New Canadian Sanctions Hit Russia's Media Sector | War in Ukraine

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New Canadian Sanctions Hit Russian Media Sector | War in Ukraine

Funded by the Russian state, the RT channel is regularly accused in the West of contributing to disinformation, particularly about the war in Ukraine.

Canada has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia's media industry in an effort to disrupt what it calls a disinformation campaign about the war in Ukraine.

Canadian sanctions target Russian news agencies, TV stations and journalists, including Petr Akopov, who wrote approvingly about justifying the invasion of Ukraine by the President Putin, and Tigran Keosayan, a pro-Kremlin TV presenter.

Among the 29 people on the latest sanctions list is also Vladimir Songorkin, editor-in-chief of Komsomolskaya Pravda, described by President Putin as his favorite newspaper.

The latest round of sanctions directly hits the RT channel, which had already been banned from the Canadian airwaves, as well as Russian broadcasters Sputnik, Channel One Russia and the All-Russian State Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VGTRK). The director general of the latter, Oleg Dobrodev, is also sanctioned.

The long-established Russian news agency TASS is also on the latest list, as well such as Gazprom Media, which owns a series of television and radio stations.

These sanctions come as Ottawa launched a webpage aimed at correcting misinformation about the x27;invasion of Ukraine and to counter it with facts.

Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that the site will be continually updated to shed light on how the Russian regime is using lies to justify its illegal, unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

This new wave of sanctions came as Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly told a meeting of G20 countries that the world will not accept Russia's false narrative.

During a meeting that brought together several Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Bali, Indonesia, Minister Joly mentioned that it was shocking to hear the Minister Russian Sergei Lavrov making propaganda to justify the invasion of his sovereign neighbor at a time when Russia is killing, raping women and men and torturing citizens of Ukraine.

Western G20 allies accuse Russia of blocking Ukrainian grain exports.

We will not let Russia get away with this food crisis which is its fault, Ms Joly added.

“Canada unequivocally rejects Russia's assertion that economic sanctions are to blame. This is not the case. Basically, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has damaged global food supply chains.

— Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

The condemnations of Ms. Joly and other Western leaders have also pushed Mr. Lavrov to leave the discussions.

Last March, Mélanie Joly joined many others in leaving a United Nations meeting in Geneva when Mr. Lavrov, whom Canada had sanctioned a few days earlier, spoke.

< p class="e-p">Ottawa also imposed sanctions on the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundiayev, who spoke out in favor of war.

In particular, he asserted that this conflict is of metaphysical importance.

Mr. Gundiayev has a lot of influence in Russia and the Russian diaspora, in addition to being particularly admired by President Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin with the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church

The religious man stressed that he is ;is a truth from God that the peoples of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia have a common heritage that should be reunited.

Global Affairs Canada explains that the new wave of sanctions against Russia targets state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda agents.

Since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, in February, Canada imposed sanctions on more than 1,150 individuals and organizations in Russia e, in Belarus and Ukraine.

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