In Russia, people are reacting to foreign measures against their own media and are tightening the media law – but their own country is also affected.
Moscow – The Russian State Duma passed legislation on Wednesday (29 June) giving the attorney general’s office the power to ban media companies and ban journalists from the profession. This is reported by the Russian state agency Ria Novsti.
In addition, in the future, in the event of “hostile decisions against Russian media abroad”, the Prosecutor General’s Office can issue a ban on foreign media activities in Russia Russia decide or restrict the activities of individual reporters.
The justification states that this should be a prompt reaction to “unfriendly actions against the Russian media”. A warning was given back in May that Wladimir Putin always more “dictatorial conditions” build up.
Russia tightens media law: fight against “dangerous information”
It is also proposed to add a new article to the Law on Mass Media that could invalidate the registration of a medium. Broadcasting licenses are also to be withdrawn if it is determined “that illegal, dangerous, untrustworthy information is being disseminated, […] the deployment of the armed forces” in Ukraine war to “discredit”.
Foreign journalists can lose their accreditation in Russia in future if sanctions or measures are imposed against Russian media in their home country. (nak)
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