Media law-registered as a foreign agent — involuntary, but the right decision, said Valery Fadeev

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The adoption of the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent — involuntary, but the right decision, it is a consequence of the information war that was unleashed not by Russia, said the Secretary of the Public chamber (OP) of the Russian Federation Valery Fadeyev, stressing that it is his personal opinion as a journalist.

The state Duma on Wednesday passed in the second reading amendments, under which foreign media receiving funding from abroad, can be recognized in the Russian «foreign agent». The decision about which media will be categorized as foreign agents, will be taken by the Ministry of justice.

«My personal relationship — not as Secretary of the Public chamber and as a journalist: if there was an information war, it would not be necessary. This, of course, a consequence of the war that we unleashed. And if you remember that, Yes — probably, this decision is forced, but correct,» — said Fadeev told reporters.

Amendments to the status of the media-foreign agents was introduced in the second reading and became a reprisal for the oppression of the Russian media in USA and, in particular, the recognition of RT America as a foreign agent. The adoption of such amendments unanimously expressed by all four factions of the state Duma.

Amendments were made to the draft law on extrajudicial blocking of websites prohibited in Russia organizations, which was adopted in the first reading in late October. The authors of the amendments were made by the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the leaders of the four Duma factions and chairmen of several committees of the lower house of the Russian Parliament. The state Duma adopted the bill on Wednesday and the second and third reading.

Earlier, the Ministry of justice has made RT America in the list of foreign agents foreign agents law from 1938, with many other foreign state-run media such as the BBC, Chinese CCTV, the French TV channel France 24, the German radio station Deutsche Welle, was not in this capacity. The chief editor of RT and Sputnik Margarita Simonyan stated that the channel had to choose between a check and a criminal case, and in this regard, congratulated the «American freedom of speech and all who still believe.»

The Russian foreign Ministry then said that considering the forms and methods of response to this situation. The head of the Ministry of communications Nikolay Nikiforov said that Russia mirror response to the requirement of the US authorities to recognize the RT with ieagent.

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