MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. The bill on regulation of activities of mass media – foreign agents will affect individuals receiving funds from countries which restrict the activities of Russian media. It on Thursday was declared to journalists by the Chairman of profile Duma Committee on information policy, Leonid Levin, who is one of the authors of the initiative.
“When we talk about individuals we are talking only about those who receive funding from government sources either directly or indirectly in those countries where there is a limitation on the work of Russian media”, – said the MP. He stressed that both documents – the adopted law, introducing the concept of “media-registered as a foreign agent” and a new bill that prescribes the characteristics of their activities in the Russian Federation – “will be used exclusively for response, reflex action, and not to regulate the media” in Russia.
“We welcome any steps to de-escalate the informational limits, and if such happens, we strongly support it”, – promised the head of the Committee.
Earlier, Deputy speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy explained TASS that the amendments will affect primarily the owners of the media.
On Tuesday in the state Duma was introduced a bill which proposes to oblige the media, recognized as performing functions of a foreign agent, to disseminate information to establish a Russian legal entity within one month from the date of its recognition noagenda. There is also the possibility of blocking access to resources that distribute media materials-registered as foreign agents without proper labelling also stipulates the possibility to equate such media individuals.
Changes are proposed to the laws “On mass media” and “On information, information technologies and protection of information”. The authors of the initiative made by Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy, head of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Andrey Klishas and his Deputy Lyudmila Bokova.
The law on registered as a foreign agent
November 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed amendments introduce into the Russian legislation on mass media acting as foreign agents. The provisions of the law allow us to recognize the media by noagenda if it receives funding from abroad.
After the acquisition of the status of ieagent on media will be subject to the restrictions and obligations provided for non-profit organizations (NGOs) – foreign agents; they also will face the same for these NGOs responsible for the violation of the law.
Adopted in Russia rules were a response to the request of the US Department of justice to the American branch of the Russian broadcaster RT to register as inherent in the United States. In addition, journalists of the TV company RT was deprived of accreditation in the U.S. Congress. As the mirror measures the state Duma intends to refuse accreditation of the American media, a recognized registered as foreign agents, a similar measure can take and the Federation Council.
On December 5 it became known that the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation recognized registered as a foreign agent of the nine media. This “Voice of America, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty” (RFE/ RL), the channel “Real time”, the Tatar-Bashkir service of “Radio Liberty” (Azatliq Orthodox radio of St. Petersburg), “Siberia. Realities”, “Idel. Realities”, “Pictograph”, “The Caucasus. Realities”, “The Crimea. Realities”.