Russian Federation designates nine US-funded news outlets as foreign agents

Russia to list US media as 'foreign agents'

Among those are Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Current Time TV, which is run jointly by the previous two.

The ministry statement did not mention any specific restrictions on the media outlets.

The Justice Department required that RT, previously known as Russia Today, register as a foreign agent under a 1938 law because of its alleged role in interfering in USA affairs and the 2016 presidential campaign by pushing the Kremlin's agenda. Earlier, RT, formerly known as Russia Today, was required to register as a "foreign agent", setting off plans to take a similar measure against USA media in Moscow. "As far as we understand, this concerns at least nine to ten American media outlets".

Russia's justice ministry will start registering some foreign media as "foreign agents" this week, the RIA news agency reports, citing a source in the Russian upper house of parliament.

Under that law, "foreign agents" must include in any information they publish or broadcast to Russian audiences a mention of their "foreign agent" designation.

Russia to list US media as 'foreign agents'
Russia Designates 9 US Media Outlets as Foreign Agents

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law in November empowering the government to designate media outlets receiving funding from overseas as "foreign agents" and impose sanctions against them.

"We remain committed to continuing our journalistic work in the interest of providing accurate and objective news to our Russian speaking audience", he said.

At the same time, Zakharova added that Russian Federation "is particularly determined to maintain constructive relations with the United States".

The document recommends that legislatures in Russian regions adopt similar bans against Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and their affiliates.

"It is reprehensible that Russia, which restricts its own independent, critical media, is now taking action to obstruct the work of global outlets that provide a vital alternative news source to Russian citizens", said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova.

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