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US State Department accuses Russia of pressuring media

Russian court fined Radio Liberty for violating Russia’s “foreign agent” law
10:19, 7 July 2018

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The U.S. State Department accused Moscow of putting pressure on the press freedom and media independence after the Russian court fined Radio Liberty $1,588, as Reuters reports.

“The Russian government continues to stifle press freedom and media independence. We condemn the selective targeting of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America under Russia’s law on ‘foreign agent’ media outlets,” Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson, said.

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According to her, the U.S. urges Russia’s Government to fulfill its obligations in accordance with the Helsinki Accords, Helsinki Final Act and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to respect the implementation of the basic freedoms including the freedom of expression.

 

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Earlier, on July 5 Moscow Court fined media corporation Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty $1,588 for “not providing the government agencies with the financial information arising from the obligations of a non-governmental organization, which serves as a “foreign agent”. Russian Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit against the company. The board of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty regards the court decision unfair.

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