Russian Duma Considers Banning US Media Representatives

The Committee's head, Olga Savastyanova, said on Friday she expects the motion to be approved on the State Duma plenary session next week and come into force by the end of the week.

The minister was speaking at a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano, on Friday, where an RT correspondent asked him about Moscow's response to the U.S. congressional press office's decision this week to revoke RT America's credentials citing its status of a "foreign agent".

Russia's parliament could bar USA media from reporting within its walls in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station's credentials in the United States.

That means RT's reporters will not be able to have as much access to Congress as other foreign media.

Russian officials said the move is a direct response to the American arm of Russian television network RT losing its Congressional press credentials.

Peskov said Russian media had been subjected to "outrageous" attacks in the United States which violated freedom of speech.

The ban is the latest in a series of escalating restrictions the Russians are placing on some American media in response to American scrutiny on Russian state-funded outlets RT and Sputnik. It is unlikely that the proposal would be rejected by the overwhelmingly pro-Kremlin assembly. On November 13, RT registered in the United States under a decades-old law called the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). At the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Russian authorities to designate some foreign media as "foreign agents".

The Kremlin on Thursday called a US decision to withdraw the Congressional press credentials of Russia's RT broadcaster because of its status as "a foreign agent" in the United States an unfriendly step.

  • Jon Douglas