Published:September 29, 2017 eight:55 pm
Russia’s communications regulator on Friday accused US TV channel CNN International of violating Russian media law and stated it had summoned the broadcaster’s representatives in reference to the matter. The Russian overseas ministry accused Washington on Thursday of placing unwarranted stress on the US operations of Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, and warned that Moscow may take tit-for-tat measures.
President Vladimir Putin advised a gathering of Russia’s Security Council on Friday that Russian media retailers working overseas have been going through rising and unacceptable stress, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated.
The communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, stated in an announcement on its web site that it could have a look at warning CNN concerning the alleged violations, which it stated additionally breached the phrases of its broadcast licence.
It didn’t say what breaches of Russian legal guidelines the US broadcaster had made, including it could proceed its “systematic monitoring” of overseas mass media retailers registered in Russia.
Asked if the regulator’s transfer was politically motivated, Roskomnadzor head Alexander Zharov, was quoted by Interfax information company as saying: “I don’t work in a political agency. I work in a regulatory service.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Thursday the US authorities have been demanding that Russian state-controlled broadcaster Russia Today (RT) be registered as a “foreign agent” within the United States.
She stated that transfer endangered the protection of the channel’s employees, as a result of it included an obligation to reveal their private knowledge. “In the atmosphere of a witch hunt unfolding in the United States, this may present a real threat,” she stated.
Putin, assembly everlasting members of his Security Council, “touched upon the issue of ongoing and at times growing pressure on Russian mass media outlets in some foreign countries”, Peskov advised a convention name with reporters.
“It was stressed that such pressure on Russian media is unacceptable,” he added. He didn’t title the nations the place the Kremlin was involved Russian media have been coming underneath stress.
The Foreign Ministry’s Zakharova stated any transfer made in opposition to Russian media working within the United States “will get a tit-for-tat response”.
“And who it falls on, this should be easy for Washington to work out. The clock is ticking,” she stated at a weekly briefing on Thursday.
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