Russia's Putin signs 'foreign agents' media law

Russia's Putin signs 'foreign agents' media law

Russia's Putin signs 'foreign agents' media law

It will now allow Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to Russians as the work of "foreign agents" and to disclose their funding sources.

The amendments on foreign media went into effect after President Vladimir Putin signed off on them on Saturday, allowing Russian authorities to label outlets as "foreign agents" for receiving funding from overseas.

Ramping up pressure for "foreign agents"?

The measure would require RT to label anything it produces, making it clear its reports will be distributed on behalf of the Russian state. These actions have led Mr. Putin to strike back and lash out at worldwide news sources and other foreign businesses. As told by USA Today, under Putin's law, major networks such as CNN will be declared foreign agents and required to register in Russian Federation as such.

According to reports, Russia's Justice Ministry last week warned US government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, along with its regional outlets, that they could be designated as foreign agents under the new law, without even allowing the law to come into effect.

The Russian President sees the Justice Department's actions as an incendiary addition to the mounting pressures put on Russian media by the United States.

In a move condemned by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, US and other foreign media will have to present themselves as foreign agents on all paperwork and submit to intensive scrutiny of staffing and financing.

The new law was published on Russia's official legal information Internet portal on November 25.

"RT and Sputnik distribute freely in the USA, whereas RFE/RL has lost its broadcast affiliates in Russian Federation due to administrative pressures, and has no access to cable", it said.

This kind of maneuvering is one of the latest developments in the ongoing chess game between Moscow, Washington, and Brussels.

Russia's move against USA media is part of the fallout from allegations that Russian Federation interfered in last year's US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

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