Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bill targeting global media outlets

Michele Moreno
November 27, 2017

It said it had written to the USA government-sponsored Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), along with seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets run by RFE/RL.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Saturday a new bill designating global media outlets as foreign agents in retaliation for a similar measure taken by the U.S. Department of Justice against the state-funded RT television.

The law implies that media outlets classified as foreign agents will have to publish a notice that their materials are provided by a foreign agent, report on their activities, submit information about the composition of their management and provide expense reports. "I also regret the media are included in this [group]", he said. The bill was first introduced to the State Duma, the lower house, and adopted by MPs earlier this month.

This text extends to the media, a law dating from 2012 which was up to now that the non-governmental organizations.

Sputnik News, the government-controlled news agency formerly known as RIA Novosti, reported Saturday that the Kremlin may also use its new media law to respond to reports that the European Parliament has allocated $1.3 million for a European Union anti-propaganda unit targeting alleged "Russian fake news".

A media outlet will be deemed a foreign agent if it gets money from other countries. The move is Russia's retaliation after state-funded RT television was registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent following pressure from Washington.

Earlier this month, Zakharova suggested that "a practical phase of these response measures" against US media in Russian Federation were set to begin within a week.

Other reports by Insurance News

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