The European Parliament on December 19 adopted a nonbinding resolution calling on Russian authorities to repeal the country’s controversial law on "foreign agents," and condemning efforts to restrict independent journalism and create an atmosphere hostile to civil society.
Nine RFE/RL projects in Russia have been designated by Russia’s Justice Ministry as “foreign mass media outlets” performing functions of a “foreign agent.” They are:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Freedom, svoboda.org
Current Time TV, currenttime.tv
Татаро-башкирская служба Радио Свобода (Azatliq Radiosi), azatliq.org / Tatar-Bashkir service of Radio Liberty
RFE/RL President Jamie Fly condemned the law, saying it targets the work and jeopardizes the security of the company’s journalists, and is “an attempt to silence them and deprive Russian citizens of their right to seek reliable information.”