MOSCOW, October 29. / TASS /. Moscow will not listen to criticism from other countries over its foreign media law, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.
“We are not ready to listen to such criticism,” he stressed. “This is our national law and we have no intention of discussing it with anyone,” Peskov noted, referring to a statement by the United States and its allies, in which they had criticized Russia for using the foreign media law. .
The law on media acting as foreign agents was passed in Russia in 2017 after the US Department of Justice required RT America (a branch of a Russian television broadcaster) to register as foreign agent in the United States. The law establishes the same requirements for media acting as a foreign agent as it does for organizations of foreign agents. They must provide data on their senior officials, expenditures and audits, as well as reveal their status in the documents they publish.
The US State Department previously issued a statement on behalf of Washington and its closest NATO allies, as well as Ukraine, Australia and New Zealand, which criticized Russian authorities for allegedly “intensifying the harassment of journalists and independent media” through the use of the Foreign Agent Media Act, in particular against Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (labeled as foreign agent in Russia). The declaration also calls on Russia “to comply with its international human rights commitments and obligations and to respect and guarantee media freedom and the safety of journalists”.