OSCE condemns restrictions against media considered ‘foreign agents’ in Russia, U.S.

Source : 112 Ukraine

Branding media entities as ‘foreign agents’ could narrow the space for freedom of the media, the authority said in its statement
09:22, 17 November 2017

The OSCE slammed implementation of the restrictive measures against foreign media in Russia and the U.S. The respective statement appeared on the Organization’s website.   

According to Harlem Desire, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the authority demands that the governments stop attaching respective labels to the media.

“Branding media entities as ‘foreign agents’ is a dangerous practice, as it can narrow the space for freedom of the media,” said Désir. He also expressed concern that the respective pieces of legislation, while originally designed for non-media actors, are now being extended to cover the media." Foreign Agent" legislation should not be for media. Registration of media as a foreign agent is not acceptable’, the official said.

The OSCE urges both countries to revise the respective laws.

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