In the above viral tweet with a video, we can hear the person saying, ‘Together with the WSO, we call for the immediate banning of the RSS under the listing provisions in the Criminal Code and removing its agents from Canada.”
Canada government ban RSS. pic.twitter.com/rFjf451UxQ
— Delta Tamilian (@deltatamilian) September 21, 2023
The user shared this post claiming that the Canadian government has banned RSS. This same post was widely spread on social media with similar claims that can be seen here,here, and here. Come, let’s check the authenticity of this viral post.
What’s the truth?
When we started the research we were directly taken to the full-length version of the original video uploaded by the YouTube channel namely “NCCMtv.” The video is of 7-minute 30-second length. The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) CEO Stephen Brown joined Mukhbir Singh, Board of Directors of World Sikh Organization of Canada to call for clear actions by the Canadian government in response to the alleged assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar by agents of the Government of India.
The description part reads “Along with the powerful calls for diplomatic consequences, an end to intelligence sharing and a public inquiry mentioned by the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO). We are calling for four additional actions:
1) The immediate recall of Canada’s Ambassador to India.
2) An initiation of the process of expulsion of the Indian Ambassador to Canada, High Commissioner Shri Sanjay Kumar Verma.
3) A formal freeze on trade negotiations between India and Canada, including but not limited to the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
4) Together with the WSO we today call for the immediate banning of the RSS under the listing provisions in the Criminal Code and the removal of its agents from Canada.”
The video was posted on 20 September 2023 with the title “NCCM CEO Stephen Brown Calls for Action in Response to Alleged Assassination of Sikh Man in Canada.”
In the video, we can hear the NCCM CEO Stephen Brown stating the four points starting in the timeline of 5 minutes and 6 seconds.
This proves that the decision was taken by NCCM CEO Stephen Brown in response to the alleged assassination of Sikh man in Canada and not the Canadian government.
Therefore, we conclude with the available evidence that this decision was not taken or announced by the Canadian government rather it was made by the NCCM CEO Stephen Brown.