Profile Committee of the Federation Council will support the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in fotoreceptori at the meeting of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation. 10 Oct 2017Profile Committee of the Federation Council will support the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

The Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation supported the law on mass media-registered as foreign agents, RIA news the head of Committee Andrey Klishas.

According to the Senator, the Federation Council will recommend to approve the document, the upper house will consider it on November 22.

The relevant Committee, said Klishas, will discuss the law at a meeting on November 21.

Fifteenth day of November the state Duma adopted amendments, according to which foreign media in Russia can be accepted as a registered as foreign agents if their funding from abroad.

What does the adoption of the law on mass mediathe registered as a foreign agent

  • Noagenda can be any foreign media receiving financing or property from abroad (including from Russian legal entities funded from foreign sources).
  • The amendments not mentioned specific publications or channels.
  • The decision on the recognition of the media noagents will be taken by the Ministry of justice.
  • The Ministry of justice may create a separate registry of the media — foreign agents, if the need arises.
  • Media recognized by noagenda will be required to appropriately label their materials and provide reports.
  • Media who refuse to register will be subject to the provisions of the law on registered as a foreign agent-NGO.
  • The amendments will not affect the work of the Russian media.

The development of the document was a response to oppression of Russian mass media in the United States: in early November, the U.S. justice Department ordered the RT to register as invagent. In the state Duma assured that prescribed in the act «does not affect freedom of speech».

The justice Ministry has warned a number of mass media about the possibility of granting them the status of a foreign agent. Notification received «Voice of America», «the Caucasus.Realities», «The Crimea.Realities, Siberia.Realities», «IdeL.The realities of» channel «Now», «Radio «Liberty», the project «Pictograph».

Profile Committee of the Federation Council will support the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Podwyzki came under the control of

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