New law to fine media outlets that do not acknowledge their ‘foreign agent’ status
Material issued by foreign agent media outlets without adding the necessary acknowledgement could face fines of up to 50,000 roubles
Vladimir Putin signed a law on 30 April that will introduce fines for those journalists and media outlets included on the list of foreign agents who distribute information without adding the proper *acknowledgement.
Information created and distributed by media sources or legal entities recognised as foreign agents without adding the proper acknowledgement will be subject to fines and cover all media sources, including social networks. Citizens will be fined between 2,000 and 2,500 roubles, officials between 4,000 and 5,000 roubles and legal entities between 40,000 and 50,000 roubles. Those who attend meetings wearing a distinctive reporters’ badge to which they are not entitled will also be fined between 20,000 and 30,000 roubles.
The register of media outlets that perform the functions of a foreign agent includes 14 media sources and five individuals.
*i.e. indicating that such information (material) has been created and (or) is being distributed by a media outlet and (or) Russian legal entity performing the functions of a foreign agent.