The state Duma adopted a law that introduces the status of mass media-foreign agents

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in photobacteria meeting of the state Duma of the Russian Federation. 15 Nov 2017The state Duma adopted a law that introduces the status of mass media-foreign agents© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

The state Duma adopted in the third final reading the law, according to which the media receiving foreign funding, can be recognized in the Russian «foreign agent».

As previously reported by the deputies, this law will be sent for consideration to the Federation Council.

The adopted law also introduces the procedure for extrajudicial blocking of websites of unwanted organizations.

Amendments to the status of the media-foreign agents was introduced in the second reading and become a forced response to the oppression of the Russian media in USA and, in particular, the recognition of RT America foreign agent, stress MPs. For accepted such amendments unanimously expressed by all four factions of the state Duma.

«A legal entity registered in a foreign state or a foreign structure without forming a legal entity distributing is intended for an unlimited circle of persons printing, audio-, audiovisual and other messages and materials (foreign media) can be recognized as foreign mass media acting as foreign agent, regardless of their legal form if they receive funds or other property from foreign States or state bodies, international and foreign organisations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship or their authorized persons and (or) from Russian legal entities receiving money or other property from the specified sources», — said in the text of the adopted law.

According to the law, the decision about which media will be categorized as foreign agents, make the Ministry of justice. Foreign media deemed a «foreign agent» in Russia, should mark its content as products, distributed «noagenda» and submit accounting documents.

«For the first time in domestic practice, introduces the possibility of registration of foreign media as a «foreign agent». This is a new design for the domestic legislation, but so accurately reproduces the actions of the American side in the attitude of our broadcasters,» said the head of the Duma Committee on information policy, Leonid Levin in the consideration of the law.

The Russian media, including those with foreign funding, the law will not apply, emphasize the deputies.

A necessary measure

Parliamentarians have repeatedly stressed that the law on mass media-foreign agents is a necessary measure in response to the actions of the US authorities.

Article of the law «On information, information technologies and about information protection», establishes the possibility of immediate blocking of the information resource by Roskomnadzor at the request of the Prosecutor General, to complement the detections of the Internet materials published and distributed by foreign or international non-governmental organization whose activities are deemed undesirable on the territory of the Russian Federation.

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