«No mirror effect»: the United States praised the Russian law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent

© RIA Novosti / Igor Megaliterature in fotoreceptori building in Washington, the seat of the U.S. Congress. Archival photo.«No mirror effect»: the United States praised the Russian law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent© RIA Novosti / Igor Megaliterature the image Bank

The Russian law on mass media-registered as foreign agents, adopted in response to the actions of Washington, which tries to complicate the work of the TV channel RT, has been criticized in the USA and the EU. In the West refuse to consider Moscow’s reaction mirrored and Russian politicians point to the double standards of European and American officials.

«Threat media»

The official representative of the head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini Maya Kosyanchich saw in the Russian law on mass media-registered as foreign agents as a «threat to free and independent media». It is said Kocijancic in a statement received by RIA Novosti.

She claims that the law «contradicts obligations of Russia in the field of protection of human rights». In addition, it is an attempt «to reduce the space for independent voices in Russia,» said Kocijancic.

In the U.S. the Board of governors on issues of broadcasting (BBG)Russian law on registered as foreign agents believe that the law is a mirror response to the restrictions imposed in the United States at RT and Sputnik.

The Director oversees the work of the state media, the United States Minister John Lansing says that talking about the Russian government adopted measures as appropriate to the principle of reciprocity means «hard to distort reality». The official refused to speculate on how these steps will affect the work of the BBG-controlled media.

The law signed by the President

On Saturday the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent. Previously, the document was adopted by the state Duma and the Federation Council approved. This step was a response to oppression of Russian media in the United States, in particular, on the recognition of the TV channel RT America as a foreign agent.

According to the document, registered as a foreign agent can be recognized by the media receiving financial support from foreign States or organizations. The authority for granting the status of ieagent received the Ministry of justice.

«We did not plan to take similar measures against foreign media, but, unfortunately, the actions of our American colleagues made us go on this way» — said, in particular, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin, commenting on the signing of the law by the President.

«I do not see the mirror effect»

Statement of Lansing and the EU’s reaction did not go unnoticed in Russia. Thus, the head of the Federation Council Commission for the protection of state sovereignty Andrei Klimov told RT that to see the reflectivity in the Russian actions, it is not necessary to «wear glasses».

«They were frightened, began to poison people in different ways, using the law of 1938, when television and, in fact, was not. And now they do not see the mirror effect» — added the Senator. He stressed that we are not talking about censorship or blocking of the American media.

Double standards

The head of the Federation Council Commission on information policy Alexei Pushkov in his Twitter called Western criticism of «double standards». «U.S. announces media registered as a foreign agent is normal, and in Russia — no; Kosovo can secede, Crimea should not», — he wrote.

Later in an interview with RT the Senator added that the Russian authorities used «as a pretext for further hype» around accept Russia’s laws, but those who condemn them, overlooked that any restrictions of freedom of speech is entered, and the status of the media-registered as foreign agents will be similar to the status of the Russian media in the United States.

In addition, Pushkov suggested that «a chorus of voices condemning» in the West represents a kind of «warning» to the Russian authorities. However, leverage on the country from the EU less, he said. «I do not think that these critical voices will have any impact neither on the Russian legislators nor the Executive power», — concluded the Senator.

Without restrictions on freedom of speech

The head of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation Andrei Klishas told RIA Novosti that any limitations for activities of foreign media adopted the law does not enter and the obligations it imposes on organizations that can recognize registered as a foreign agent, is much less stringent than in the United States.

He recalled that the United States and the European Union «openly flout the principles of freedom of speech» and violate the rights of Russian journalists. Despite this, the EU is trying to «teach the Russian Parliament to the principles of freedom of speech, which the EU and its main ally over the ocean, long abandoned,» said Klishas. «No mirror effect»: the United States praised the Russian law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Podwyzki came under the control of

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