Rus­sia could tar­get any for­eign me­dia un­der new law, says MP

Arab News - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

MOS­COW: Rus­sia would be able to list any for­eign me­dia out­let as a “for­eign agent” un­der new mea­sures ex­pected to be ap­proved Wed­nes­day, a law­maker said, as Mos­cow re­sponds to US pres­sure on the Krem­lin-backed RT chan­nel.

The move comes as Wash­ing­ton fights what it calls a bar­rage of “fake news” from Rus­sian me­dia and on­line out­lets aimed at in­ter­fer­ing in US do­mes­tic pol­i­tics.

Par­lia­ment is set to ap­prove a num­ber of amend­ments to an ex­ist­ing me­dia bill Wed­nes­day, mean­ing they could go into force as early as next week, said Py­otr Tol­stoy, deputy speaker of Rus­sia’s lower house of Par­lia­ment.

“(The law) gives the rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tion the op­por­tu­nity to clas­sify me­dia out­lets that re­ceive money from abroad as for­eign agents,” he told Ros­siya 24 chan­nel, when asked which out­lets are likely to be put on the list first.

Bri­tain’s Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May talks with guests af­ter mak­ing a speech on Mon­day at the Lord Mayor’s Ban­quet in Lon­don. (Reuters)

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