Matviyenko called for a balanced approach to the discussion of the initiatives on media-registered as a foreign agent

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko called for a balanced approach to the discussion of new legislative initiatives in the media-registered as a foreign agent.

“The proposals still under discussion,” she said, responding to a question at Monday’s press conference. According to Matvienko, the proposed rules are designed to close gaps in case of the media “detours receive financial support” from abroad.

“It is necessary to discuss carefully, without bending, it is necessary to take a balanced approach to the discussion”, – said the speaker of the Federation Council.

The bill

On 19 December 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 initiative also includes the law “On mass media” the possibility of recognizing individuals by the media, acting as a foreign agent.

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.

The Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation 5 December, admitted nine media acting as foreign agents: “Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty”, “Voice of America” TV channel “Now”, “Sibir.Realities”, “The Caucasus.Realities”, “Idel.Realities”, the Tatar-Bashkir service of “Radio Liberty” (Azatliq Orthodox radio of St. Petersburg), “the Crimea.Realities” and “Pictograph”.