The state Duma supported the amendment on the media — foreign agents

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in potencially at a press conferenceThe state Duma supported the amendment on the media — foreign agents© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

The state Duma adopted in the second reading amendment, according to which foreign media receiving funding from abroad, can accept Russia’s «foreign agent».

Deputy speaker Peter Tolstoy noted that the adoption of the amendments was the forced decision «does not affect freedom of speech».

«We are talking about the possibility for the Executive to take mirror measures, for those countries where the infringed freedom of action, the words of the Russian journalists», — he added.

In early November, the U.S. justice Department ordered the RT register as a foreign agent in the U.S. until November 13. The channel complied with the November 10. Chief editor of «Russia today» and RT Margarita Simonyan said that it is a necessary measure, as RT had to choose between registration as inherent and criminal case. She called the requirement of the Ministry of justice to be discriminatory, adding that the company will defend its position in court. Moscow promised to prepare a response.