Russia's Foreign Agent Media Law: What We Know About New Amendments

27 November, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a live nationwide broadcasted call-in in Moscow Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill allowing Russia to register global media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the USA demand made to a Kremlin-funded TV channel. The move comes not long after multiple Russian officials threatened retaliatory action in response the USA government's recent decision to force Russia Today, a state-owned Russian media company, to register as a foreign agent.

USA authorities accused Russian media outlets of influencing public opinion during the 2016 presidential election by spreading fake news.

Media outlets that will be deemed "foreign agents" will have to comply with the same laws as non-profits deemed as such.

It was specifically accused of spreading false information during the 2016 presidential election. "When it comes down to a fight with no rules when the law is twisted and turned into an instrument for the destruction of a TV company, every step against a Russian media outlet will be met with a corresponding response".

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied meddling in the election and said the restrictions on Russian broadcasters in the United States are an attack on free speech. The US government forced them to registry as "foreign agents". "The Department of Justice is committed to enforcing FARA and expects compliance with the law by all entities engaged in specified activities on behalf of any foreign principal, regardless of its nationality". RT's editor-in-chief visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in August 2013, where they discussed renewing his broadcast contract with RT, according to Russian and Western media.

The law has been rushed through both Russian parliaments in the past two weeks in response to what the Kremlin describes as unacceptable pressure on Russian media outlets in the United States. RT and Sputnik were singled out by the European Parliament in 2016 as Russian propaganda outlets posing a danger to European unity. The Russian Federation Council approved it on November 22. "Its application will begin with the USA media, but if Europeans will resort to the same practices against Russian media as the United States does, they will receive a similar answer".



Ontario marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
This year's global theme for the campaign is " Leave No One Behind , End Violence Against Women and Girls". The men say the woman consented to the sexual encounter but have admitted to stealing her mobile phone.

Just who is Malia Obama's British boyfriend?
According to Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton , they couldn't be more incorrect. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits'.

US Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into ocean near Okinawa, eight rescued
The US Navy has said an aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers has crashed into the Pacific Ocean. It is thought at least three people are missing.

Treasury targets North Korean, Chinese shipping companies with new sanctions
The defector falls stretched out and unmoving in a pile of leaves against a small wall on the South Korean side. One North Korean soldier briefly crosses the border into the South, a violation of the ceasefire agreement .

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations
DuPré sought to cast doubt on Leigh Corfman, who has said Moore molested her when she was 14 years old. At first Trump offered a standard attack on Jones as "terrible on borders, awful on the military".

Harrison Ford helps rescue woman from auto wreck
The vehicle collided with a tree after rolling over, Santa Paula senior police officer Matt Alonzo told the Ventura County Star . Indiana Jones to the rescue! The actor then pulled over and rushed to her side along with other bystanders.

President Trump: He should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail
Trump, apparently insecure about approval ratings, asked whether the players would thank him. The team's head coach, Steve Alford, later announced the trio was suspended indefinitely.

Colorado Springs military installations see growing number of reported sexual assaults
The number of reports don't necessarily reflect the number of sexual assaults that occurred at a particular installation, however. The Air Force Academy in Colorado had 44 reports, the highest for the Air Force.

White nationalist loses 'verified' status on Twitter
Most recently, some eagle-eyed Facebook users discovered that the alt-right social network Gab was advertising on the site . Blue badges are seen nowadays as a form of endorsement, as Twitter explains.

Miranda Kerr pregnant with first child with husband Evan Spiegel
Last year, before the model married the Snapchat co-founder, she told The Edit that her son, Bloom, and Spiegel got along well. Kerr, 34, and Spiegel, 27, were married May 27 at their Brentwood home after announcing their engagement in July 2016.