WASHINGTON, January 11. /TASS/. The US continues to exert pressure on Russian media, said in a statement on Wednesday the comments of the Russian Embassy in Washington.
“Today, January 10, it became known that producing content for [news Agency] Sputnik company RIA Global will be able to continue working only if I register as a foreign agent. Such steps violate the normal functioning of the journalistic collectives, become the basis for all sorts of restrictions, so that all witnessed when [the TV channel] RT was deprived of accreditation in Congress,” said the Embassy.
“We believe these actions are unacceptable,” – noted in the commentary. The Embassy sees them as another blow to Russian-American relations. According to the Russian representative, such steps are detrimental to the prestige and authority of the United States.
Russia opposes restrictions on press freedom, said in a statement. “Including in the work of foreign media and journalists. What can be said about the USA and its allies, continue the unacceptable practice of pressure on the Russian media is mutually beneficial cooperation. It came to the revocation of visas, deportation of Russian journalists, frequent attempts by foreign intelligence services to persuade them to cooperate”, – the document says.
“Where is the reaction of the authoritative international organizations, designed to protect the rights of journalists? If we hear strong protests of the OSCE? How long endure the silence as to the fact of moving to the United States extremist website “Peacemaker”, containing personal data of thousands of media employees, on duty, who visited the conflict zone in the Donbass? Here for such resources appears to be created comfortable conditions,” – said the Embassy.
The Russian Embassy suggested that international organizations criticized the mirrored action on the part of Russia.