A view shows a residential building destroyed by a Russian missile attack, in the midst of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kramatorsk (REUTERS/Vitalii Hnidyi)
The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expanded its ‘black list’ this Friday with 38 people and 16 Russian companies accused of misinforming and disseminating propaganda related to the Kremlin, in the context of the war in Ukraine.
With this new update, Ottawa has already designated a total of 1,160 natural persons and another 286 legal entities for promoting the war in Eastern Europe or disseminating the official version of the Kremlin regarding what Moscow defines as a “special military operation.”
Most of the people sanctioned in this new round are journalists, while the companies sanctioned include the Rossiya Segodnya and RIA Novosti news agencies, as well as the SouthFront portal, specializing in military and security information.
Likewise, Ottawa has also sanctioned United World International and Foundation for the Fight Against Repression, “disinformation actors” linked to the founder of the Wagner Group and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yevgeni Prigozhin.
“Canada is taking active steps to combat Russian disinformation as part of its efforts to support Ukraine. Cultural icons and media organizations cannot be allowed to freely take advantage of their status to promote falsehoods and unjustifiable support for Putin’s war.
For her part, the Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, has stressed that “Russian disinformation has resulted in the suffering of millions” at the same time that she has accused Putin of trying to “manipulate public opinion.”
(With information from EP)
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