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27 November 2017, 12:38 | Tara Lloyd
Russia will now label the reporting of global news outlets as the work of “foreign agents”
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 USA pressure on Russian media.
The amendments to the law "On the media" allow the Russian Ministry of Justice to deem "legal entities registered in foreign states or foreign structures without a legal entity foreign agents" if they spread information "for the general public".
According to the reports, the US has accused RT, formerly known as Russia Today, of being a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin.
The new document introduces amendments to two federal laws on information and media in Russian Federation.
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The Russian State Duma passed the bill on November 15.
A media outlet will be deemed a foreign agent if it gets money from other countries.
FARA requires "persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities".
According to the new Russian law, the Ministry of Justice will decide which media outlets should be listed as a foreign agent, who may face restrictions in Russia.
T&R productions, which operates RT, disputed the charge, claiming in the registration process that it disagrees with the designation and "remains under the independent editorial control of registrant".
The lower and upper houses of Russia's parliament approved the bill on November 15 and November 22, respectively.
"The European media in Russia may also become subject to the law [on foreign agents]", Vladimir Dzhabarov, first deputy chairman of the Federation Council's Committee on International Affairs, told Sputnik.
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