Zakharov: media law-registered as a foreign agent will allow you to respond to reprisals against journalists from Russia

MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Media law-registered as a foreign agent creates a tool to answer in the case of repressive actions against the Russian media, if they are not close abroad, and foreign media will work in Russia as always. This was stated by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on his page in social network Facebook.

“Today, the justice Ministry issued a clarification on amendments to the Russian legislation regulating activities of foreign media, she said. – The press release States: “Under Federal law is a retaliatory step against the media of those States in which there are special restrictions for activities of the Russian media. This measure cannot be extended to the Russian media, including Russian media with foreign participation. Such media are not subject to Federal law.”

On 5 November, the state Duma unanimously passed a law that allows you to recognize the media as a foreign agent if it receives funding from abroad. After the acquisition of the status of ieagent on media will be subject to the restrictions and obligations set now for – profit organizations- foreign agents; they also will face the same for these NGOs responsible for the violation of the law. The decision of the house was a response to the request of the US Department of justice, to RT America – the American branch of the Russian broadcaster to register as inherent in the United States. The Federation Council will consider the law on November 22.

According to the Ministry of justice was considering the issue of recognition of foreign mass media acting as foreign agent, registered in the U.S. media: “Voice of America”, “the Caucasus. Realities”, “The Crimea. Realities, Siberia. Reality,” the regional project “IdeL. Reality,” channel “Now”, “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)”, Tatar-Bashkir service of “Radio Liberty” (Azatliq Orthodox radio of St. Petersburg), the project “Pictograph”.