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Russia moving to media censorship with foreign agent law update

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Russian President has signed amendments to the country’s law on foreign agents to require foreign media outlets to register with the Russian Justice Ministry if they publish their news online.

Russian news agency TASS reports that Russian President signed the law on Monday, December 3, according to the new bill, the existing law on foreign agents will include individuals as well as legal entities on the list of those that can potentially be considered foreign agents.

Individuals can be deemed foreign agents if they spread information to an unrestricted number of persons, namely on the Internet, and receive funding from abroad.

Financing includes money or property received from foreign states, their government bodies, international and foreign organizations, foreign citizens or from Russian legal entities receiving funding from these sources, TASS wrote.

The Russian Ministry of Justice will tasked with registering foreign agents active in Russia, deciding to include an individual or a legal entity on the list after consulting with the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Labelled to be censored?

To operate in Russia, the foreign media outlet considered a foreign agent are required to establish a Russian legal entity within a month of receiving such status and notify the Ministry of Justice.

It will also be required to mark all its publications with a note specifying its status of a foreign agent, TASS reports.

The new norms allow the Kremlin to block websites of foreign agents or legal entities established by them in case the information published by foreign media outlets violates Russian law, according to TASS.


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    Wannabe big and powerful but still mentally so tiny little and scared of big world.

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