The commission that oversees Canada’s media has effectively revoked the license of Russian state media channel RT, calling its content “abusive” towards Ukrainians.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said in a statement Wednesday that allowing RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and RT France to continue broadcasting to Canadians is “not in the public interest because their content appears to constitute abusive commentary”. .”

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“(RT) tends or is likely to expose the people of Ukraine to hatred or contempt based on their race, national or ethnic origin,” the CRTC said.

“Their programming is contrary to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Broadcasting Act. »

As such, RT and RT France are no longer on the “List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution,” the CRTC said.

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Some of Canada’s biggest broadcasters have already removed RT from their programming. Shaw, Bell and Rogers Communications removed RT at the end of February.

The invasion of Ukraine continues as Russia has cracked down on opposing views on its territory, banning social media platform Instagram and passing a new law that can send journalists to jail for up to 15 years for spread “fake news”.

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