Russian Federation says it plans to retaliate against USA owned media in Moscow

Russian Federation says it plans to retaliate against USA owned media in Moscow

Russian Federation says it plans to retaliate against USA owned media in Moscow

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Margarita Simonyan, chief editor of RT, said in a statement that she regarded the requirement as contrary to law and the company meant to challenge it in court.

Russia's parliament warned on Friday some USA and other foreign media could be declared "foreign agents" and obliged to regularly declare full details of their funding, finances and staffing.

On its Facebook page, the Russian embassy in the USA said it took the move to mean that the United States is pursuing a "path of conscious deterioration of relations", and that it considers the registration requirement to be "a desire to eliminate the source of alternative information, an unacceptable violation of worldwide standards of press freedom".

Last month, Russian officials sent letters to news organizations in Russia that are backed by the US government, warning them of possible "restrictions".

Russian Federation is poised to list USA media outlets as "foreign agents" by extending legislation used to restrict the activities of civil society groups, in retaliation for an American order requiring state broadcaster RT to register for a similar status.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said on Thursday Russia was considering hitting the US for the deadline.

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"These are not media, but propaganda tools with 100 percent funding from the USA budget", Pushkov was quoted as saying.

The measures could apply to USA government funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, as well private broadcaster CNN.

In case of failure to comply with this demand within this period of time, the bank accounts of RT America can be frozen, while its head could face arrest.

On Thursday, Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the upper house's Commission on Information Policy and Interaction with Media, held a meeting to discuss the USA move and possible retaliatory steps, a Federation Council statement said. "It deprives us of fair competition with other global channels, which are not registered as foreign agents".

Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that he would sign such a law last month, when he told a conference of foreign policy scholars that Russia would respond immediately and reciprocally to "any efforts to limit our mass media".

The broadcaster, RT, reported Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has demanded the registration be done by Monday. Groups on the list are subject to tight scrutiny by officials and must place the words "foreign agent" on all their publications, a label that recalls Soviet-era denunciations of spies and fifth-columnists.

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