USA: Russian news agencies must register as 'foreign agents' — State Dept.

Heather Nauert, US State Department spokesperson (English): «Yes. So, first I can tell you a little bit about...there are a couple of things. There is Russia's 'foreign agent' law and that is very different from what we have here. Russia's foreign agent law has been interpreted to apply to organisations that receive even minimal funding from any foreign sources, government or private and engage in... Еще political activity, define so broadly as it covers nearly all civic advocacy. Now, in the United States, FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] as we call it, that is a registration that is simply triggered when an entity or an individual engages in political activity. When the United States tells someone to register under a foreign agent requirement, we don't impact or affect the ability of them to report news and information, we just have them register. It's as simple as that. Russia handles things very differently. But all they have to do is register and it's a pretty simple process.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Russian broadcaster RT will have to register as a ‘foreign agent’ in the United States under a new law, according to US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, who was speaking from a press briefing in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Nauert stated that news outlets such as RT and Sputnik will need to «register» under the new Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), adding that “we don't impact or affect the ability of them to report news and information.” She said that the Russian 'foreign agent' law differed in this regard as it “has been interpreted to apply to organisations that receive even minimal funding from any foreign sources, government or private and engage in political activity define so broadly as it covers nearly all civic advocacy.” Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated that the US’ steps to implement such a bill are «a clear violation of US domestic legislation and the principles of freedom of speech», and that «existing legislative mechanisms» allow Moscow to take a «mirror response.»

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