Russian Federation brands nine media outlets 'foreign agents'

Trevor Jackson
December 6, 2017

5 December 2017Russia has declared Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Voice of America, and several affiliated media outlets "foreign mass media performing the functions of a foreign agent".

In another retaliatory move, a handful of the 23 USA media accredited in Russian Federation could lose their access to the State Duma, Zakharova said Monday, The Moscow Times reports. But the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, planned on Wednesday to ban reporters from any US media declared as foreign agents, following a decision by the US Congress to ban RT last month.

Moscow's response was widely trailed.

He said the targeting of U.S. state media outlets in Russia could legitimise future restrictions on both global and Russian outlets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last month the measures in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable United States pressure on Russian media.

"So far the full nature of these limitations is unknown", said Kent.

Russia labels Voice of America and Radio Free Europe as 'foreign agents'

The Justice Department required that RT, previously known as Russia Today, register as a foreign agent under a 1938 law because of its alleged role in interfering in U.S. affairs and the 2016 presidential campaign by pushing the Kremlin's agenda.

"We didn't start this theatre of the absurd", Maria Zakharova, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said Monday at a Duma hearing.

They can be subject to spot checks by the authorities to make sure they comply with the rules, according to the 2012 law, which has forced some NGOs to close.

The move is a tit-for-tat response after the US Justice Department targeted RT (formerly Russia Today) and the Sputnik news agency with a similar measure in September 2017.

Another covers provincial Russia, one is an online TV station, another covers the mostly Muslim region of Tatarstan, and the other is a news portal that fact-checks the statements of Russian officials.

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