Canada bans Russian news channels RT and RT France | The World | D.W.

Canada on Wednesday (16.03.2022) officially banned service providers from carrying Russian news channels RT (formerly Russia Today) and RT France, saying their programming is not in “public interest”.

“Freedom of expression and diversity of viewpoints are essential elements of our democracy. However, broadcasting in Canada is a privilege, not a right,” said Ian Scott, Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

The public body was also concerned about “programming by a foreign country that seeks to undermine the sovereignty of another, degrade Canadians of a certain ethnicity, and undermine Canada’s democratic institutions.”

Major Canadian cable companies had already removed RT from their channels shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Accused of being instruments of “disinformation” by Moscow in its war against Ukraine, Russian state media RT and Sputnik have already been expelled from the European Union, and their television and internet broadcasts have been banned since March 2.

Launched in 2005 as “Russia Today”, public RT has grown with stations and websites in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German and Arabic.

jc (AFP, Reuters)

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