Russia to start registering some foreign media as “foreign agents” this week -RIA

The lower house of the Russian Parliament on Wednesday, after lawmakers approved a bill that would let the government order international media outlets to register as foreign agents. (AP)
Updated 04 December 2017
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Russia to start registering some foreign media as “foreign agents” this week -RIA

MOSCOW: Russia’s justice ministry will start registering some foreign media as “foreign agents” this week, the RIA news agency cited a source in the Russian upper house of parliament as saying on Monday.
Nine US media outlets, including the Voice of America and Radio Liberty, are likely to enter the list of “foreign agents” to be approved by Russia’s parliament, the source at the legislature’s Federation Council chamber told RIA.
The Kremlin has said it fully understands why Russia’s parliament plans to discuss banning representatives of US media organizations in retaliation for what it calls US mistreatment of Russian media.


Myanmar verdict in Reuters reporters’ case on Aug 27 — judge

Updated 20 August 2018
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Myanmar verdict in Reuters reporters’ case on Aug 27 — judge

YANGON: The judge in the trial of two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar on accusations of obtaining secret state documents said on Monday he will deliver his verdict on August 27, in a case that is seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy.
The judge set the date after closing arguments had been delivered.
The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January to decide whether, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are guilty of breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.