Russia to Shutter Moscow Offices of Canada’s CBC Broadcaster

Russia is shutting down the Moscow offices of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in retaliation to Ottawa outlawing Russia’s state-run RT as well as RT France networks, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova revealed Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry is likewise withdrawing journalism accreditations and canceling the visas of CBC’s journalists in Russia, Zakharova informed reporters.

“A decision was made to take retaliatory steps about Canada’s activities,” Zakharova stated at a daily press instruction.

Canada in March formally prohibited RT and RT France from its airwaves, claiming their programs was “not regular with Canadian broadcasting requirements.”

Zakharova stated Canada’s decision had been “Russophobic” and that the CBC had come to be “propaganda noise.”

“Any alternate view is declared to be Kremlin disinformation,” she claimed.

A lot of Western countries have actually moved to ban RT and fellow Russian state media electrical outlet Sputnik, which are extensively criticized as Kremlin propaganda tools, in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The relocate to close CBC’s Moscow workplaces deals a further blow to international media in Russia as the country cracks down on details that opposes the Kremlin’s narrative of the war.

The broadcaster was among several foreign media outlets to have actually put on hold reporting within Russia after the nation passed a brand-new regulation criminalizing “phony news” concerning the Russian Armed Forces.

CBC at the time stated it was “extremely worried” about the brand-new legislation, adding that it “appears to outlaw independent coverage on the existing circumstance in Ukraine and Russia.”

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