Russians propose tit-for-tat media ban on US

by Garry Watts December 4, 2017, 0:29
Russians propose tit-for-tat media ban on US

Lavrov's call for restraint comes at a time the State Duma Regulations Committee said it is mulling a ban on all visits by USA journalists working for the U.S. media to the Russian Parliament.

"It's a ban on journalists who represent American media, all American media, visiting the State Duma", RIA quoted Savastyanova as saying. It will need to go through several steps, including being passed by committee, the upper house and the lower house before the resolution becomes official.

Moscow would not like to enter a ban fight with Washington, which will affect the media of both countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, commenting on the decision to yank RT's Capitol Hill press credentials. Though RT reporters may still access the same areas of the Capitol as the general public, they will lose special access granted to secure areas of Capitol Hill where reporters often speak to members of Congress, like the Speaker's lobby and press galleries.

Pursuant to Russian law, the Foreign Ministry has the final say in the accreditation of all foreign correspondents in Russia's state bodies and may, in turn, impose restrictions on their activity if the countries they registered in limit operations of the Russian media.

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Russian officials called the new legislation a "symmetrical response" to what they describe as USA pressure on Russian media. RT was singled out in a intelligence community report published in January on Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 USA election. It is unlikely that the proposal would be rejected by the overwhelmingly pro-Kremlin assembly.

RT America (officially registered as T&R Productions LLC) filed as a foreign agent on November 10 under pressure from the USA authorities, who threatened legal action if it refused to comply.

In response, Russian Federation introduced its own law allowing it to designate US and other foreign media as foreign agents.


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