Thursday, 22 August, 2019


Russia's upper house passes 'foreign agent' media law

Russia's upper house passes 'foreign agent' media law Russia's upper house passes 'foreign agent' media law
Bennie Garza | 22 November, 2017, 17:10

154 senators voted for the document, none opposed, one member abstained.

The bill will be sent to the president to be signed into law.

On November 15, Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, passed in the third and final reading the law, which labels media outlets as foreign agents if they receive funding from overseas.

The Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Putin's advisory body, criticized the draft law for "numerous shortcomings" and asked the Federation Council to send it back to the Duma for revision.

The Federation Council, Russia's upper house, on Wednesday endorsed a bill to list foreign media as "foreign agents", shrugging off criticism by presidential advisors.

The legislation was unanimously passed in all three readings by the State Duma on November 15. The label would apply if the news outlet is either registered overseas, receives foreign funding or receives financial support from Russian firm that is itself financed from overseas.

The worldwide rights organization Amnesty global has said the legislation would deal a "serious blow" to media freedom in Russia, although Russian officials have said it would not apply to domestic media. They will also face a similar responsibility for such NGOs for breaching this legislation.

Russian law became a tit-for-tat sanction to the registration state-owned media RT and Sputnik as foreign agents in the US.

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