Vladimir Putin Signs Bill Targeting International Media Outlets

26 Novembre, 2017, 00:18 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Vladimir Putin Signs Bill Targeting International Media Outlets

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation Saturday that allows authorities to designate as foreign agents certain mass media outlets that operate in Russia but are funded overseas.

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.

Russia's lower house of parliament unanimously approved the bill November 15.

The law was published on Russia's official legal information Internet portal on Saturday.

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.

The letters didn't spell out potential restrictions. 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.

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The legislation comes after the U.S.

"But we can say we remain committed to continuing our journalistic work of providing accurate and objective news to our Russian speaking audience".

"RT and Sputnik distribute freely in the US, whereas RFE/RL has lost its broadcast affiliates in Russian Federation due to administrative pressures, and has no access to cable", the organization said. RT was singled out in a intelligence community report in January on Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

Last week, the Executive Chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, said the online search giant will make news articles from Russian-funded news sites hard to find on its platform.

In October, Twitter said it would no longer accepting advertising from Sputnik and RT.

The law labels media outlets as foreign agents if they receive funding from overseas.

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