Gulnoza Said [Committee to Protect Journalists]: "We call on Russian authorities to reverse course and allow its citizens to receive information and opinion from a wide range of sources"

posted 13 Jul 2018, 12:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Jul 2018, 12:48 ]




"Labeling journalists, including bloggers, as foreign agents is the latest step in the Russian authorities' systematic policy towards obstructing the free flow of news. We call on Russian authorities to reverse course and allow its citizens to receive information and opinion from a wide range of sources."


- Gulnoza Said, Europe and Central Asia research associate, Committee to Protect Journalists. Gulnoza Said is a journalist and communications professional with over 15 years of experience in New York, Prague, Bratislava, and Tashkent. She has covered issues including politics, media, religion, and human rights with a focus on Central Asia, Russia, and Turkey. Photo: Twitter

On 3 July 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a press release, stating: 

'The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Russian authorities to refrain from labeling individual bloggers and journalists as foreign agents. The State Duma's information and communication committee today approved legislation that would allow authorities to label private persons as foreign agents if they work for organizations the Justice Ministry labels as foreign agents or receive funding for producing content for these organizations, according to mediareports. The proposed legislation would require individuals to go through annual audit, submit a bi-annual report on their work activities, and put a "foreign agent" label on all produced content, according to the reports.'

Sources:
'Russian Duma committee OKs legislation to label individual journalists "foreign agents",' Committee to Protect Journalists, 3 July 2018
'CPJ Blasts Russia's 'Systematic Policy' Of Obstructing Free Flow Of News,' RFE/RL, 4 July 2018

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