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Indigenous leaders in Manitoba say they’re ramping up their campaign against Sun Media.
They’re calling for a boycott of Sun Media newspapers, including the Winnipeg Sun.
But the boycott doesn’t just ask people to stop buying the papers. They’re calling on advertisers to stop placing advertisements.
“That’s not where the money is coming from. You wouldn’t be able to do anything to the Sun by not buying their paper,” said Southern Chiefs’ Grand Chief Terry Nelson. “The fact is money comes from the advertisers.”
The grand chiefs say the coverage of Idle No More, calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and the murder of Tina Fontaine are the latest examples of what they call “Sun Media bias.”
“I’m not going to call it news, because I don’t believe it reaches the standard of news – objective news,” said Derek Nepinak, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. “Often times what’s printed across the country is racialized to the point of inciting hatred and when hatred is incited I believe it puts children families and women at risk.”
APTN’s Dennis Ward has more.