Foreign Agents

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Russia-Ukraine watch

How the war is affecting press freedom in the region Updated May 19, 2022 The Red Cross has registered hundreds of Ukrainian prisoners of war after Russia said Ukrainian forces surrendered after a standoff at a steel plant in the southern city of Mariupol in mid-May. Russia’s continued assault on Ukraine has endangered journalists in…

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Poland charges Spanish freelance reporter with spying for Russia

Berlin, March 4, 2022 – In response to multiple reports that Polish authorities charged Spanish freelance reporter Pablo González with spying for Russia on Tuesday, March 1, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement expressing concern: “We are concerned by Poland’s indictment of Spanish freelance reporter Pablo González on charges of spying for…

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Russian Nobel Prize winner Dmitry Muratov fined under foreign agent law

Vilnius, Lithuania, November 19, 2021 — Russian authorities should stop harassing journalist Dmitry Muratov and cease labelling news outlets and members of the press as “foreign agents,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Muratov and Philippine journalist Maria Ressa were jointly awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in October. On November 11, the Basmanny…

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Russian authorities add Dozhd, IStories to ‘foreign agents’ register

Stockholm, August 25, 2021 – Russian authorities should cease labeling news outlets as “foreign agents,” and should let all independent media companies work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 20, the Justice Ministry added Dozhd, the country’s biggest independent TV channel, and IStories fonds, the Latvia-based publisher of independent investigative news…

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Russia designates independent outlets Meduza and PASMI as ‘foreign agents’

New York, April 26, 2021 – Russian authorities should reverse their decision to designate independent media outlets Meduza and PASMI as foreign agents, and should repeal or reform the country’s foreign agent law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 23, Russia’s Justice Ministry added the independent Latvia-based news website Meduza to its…

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Russian regulator announces fines for RFE/RL outlets under expanded ‘foreign agent’ law

New York, January 14, 2021 – Russian authorities should repeal the country’s foreign agents law to ensure that local and foreign news outlets can work freely, and in the meantime refrain from fining media organizations over alleged violations of the law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 12, Roskomnadzor, the country’s media…

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RT's Moscow offices are seen on June 8, 2018. The company is among several foreign-owned outlets that have been forced to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act in the United States. (AFP/Yuri Kadobnov)

Several foreign news outlets required to register as foreign agents in US

Since 2017, U.S. legislators and the Department of Justice have required multiple foreign-funded news organizations to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), a law designed to compel transparency from agents of foreign entities operating inside the United States, according to news reports, public records, and letters from the Department of Justice.

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Cars drive in front of the building housing Russia's State Duma. The lower house voted in January to approve a bill that will require some journalists to register as foreign agents. (AFP/Mladen Antonov)

Russia votes on bill to require journalists to register as foreign agents

Kiev, January 16, 2018–Russia’s State Duma should drop a bill that would require some bloggers and journalists to register as foreign agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Duma on January 12 voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

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