Russian president Putin signs foreign agent media law to match USA action

by Abel Hampton November 27, 2017, 0:40
Russian president Putin signs foreign agent media law to match USA action

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Saturday new measures allowing authorities to list foreign media outlets as "foreign agents" in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian media.

This act is presented as a response after the registration in the United States as "an agent of the foreign" of the channel RT, which is controlled by the Russian State.

US authorities accused Russian media outlets of influencing public opinion during the 2016 presidential election by spreading fake news.

The lower and upper houses of Russia's parliament approved the bill on November 15 and November 22, respectively. Russian media subsequently announced that RT had become "the only Russian media company" to partner with WikiLeaks and had received access to "new leaks of secret information". The media outlets so designated will be subject to the same restrictions and responsibilities now applied to against NGOs, or non-government organizations. But Moscow saw the forced registration as an obstacle to Russian media activities in the United States and a step violating the freedom of speech. The U.S.government had singled out RT because it accepted operating payments from a Russian government entity called ANO TV-Novosti.

Russia's former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who now heads the Center for Strategic Research, regrets a law on the media outlets designated as foreign agents has come into force in Russia, he told reporters on Saturday after the All-Russian Civic Forum held in Moscow, APA reports quoting TASS. "Its application will begin with the USA media, but if Europeans will resort to the same practices against Russian media as the United States does, they will receive a similar answer".

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