Russia threatens Canadian media

Category : Canada News
Updated On : May 15, 2019 02:07 AM
By Indian Times Daily

The Russian embassy threatened retaliatory actions against Canadian journalists in Russia after officials with Global Affairs Canada denied accreditation to cover the Lima Group meeting to several Russian and Venezuelan propaganda outlets.

According to documents obtained by Global News through access to information laws, staff within Global Affairs Canada were privately warning that there would be retaliation against Canadian media over the decision to deny accreditation to Sputnik, RT, Ruptly, TASS and Ria Novosti to cover the Feb. 4 meeting on how to restore democracy to Venezuela amid a collapse into authoritarianism.

Telesur, the Venezuelan state-sponsored outlet, was also refused accreditation.

“The Russian Embassy has now reached out to us asking about the reported ‘denial of accreditation to Russian news agencies to attend the meeting on Venezuela.’ They have said they view this as ‘being out of the rules and common practice based on freedom of speech’ and have asked for an official explanation, ‘taking into account the principle of reciprocity,'” reads an email sent Feb. 5 to senior staff in the department and marked “urgent.”

 

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