Sergei Mironov: The court should recognize the media as foreign agents, not the Ministry of Justice


The Ministry of Justice can issue a warning to the media, revealing the fact that the editorial office has received foreign funding, but the publication must be included in the list of foreign agents by a court decision, the chairman of the party said at an expanded meeting of the Commission of the Chamber of Deputies of the A JUST RUSSIA FOR TRUTH party on adjusting the legal framework for foreign agents Sergey Mironov. The party submitted the corresponding amendments to the State Duma on Wednesday, November 17.

According to Mironov, the very idea of ​​adopting a law on foreign agents is a mirror image in relation to the existing legislation in other countries, where our media also recognize foreign agents and limit opportunities for work. “It’s another matter that now in Russia the mechanism for assigning this status, from our point of view, is oversimplified. Only the Ministry of Justice personally determines who is to be labeled as a foreign agent and who is not. I have information that today there are 95 media outlets and journalists – foreign agents on the list of the Ministry of Justice, ”Mironov said.

The party chairman spoke about the amendments to Article 6 of the law on the media, which had been submitted to the State Duma the day before. “Today the Ministry of Justice receives information that the media has received a money transfer from abroad. It can even be Belarus, Armenia or Kazakhstan and any translation addressed to the editorial office, even for 100 rubles. That’s it, the Ministry of Justice can already assign it the status of a foreign agent. The essence of our proposal is that the Ministry of Justice, having established the fact of a one-time transfer of money from another country, first issue a warning to the media. Now, even if this is an erroneous or paltry payment, the rule of law does not allow the media to explain themselves, correct the violation, and the Ministry of Justice gives the opportunity to assign the status of a foreign agent, ”Mironov said.

And only if the funding continues, and the amount of this funding is significant, the Ministry of Justice can already go to court. “The main novelty of our amendments: only a court can recognize the media as a foreign agent. And the editorial office will have the opportunity to defend its position in court, ”Mironov stressed.

According to him, the Union of Journalists of Russia has already supported the amendments introduced by the party. “In addition, as far as I am concerned, they, together with the HRC, are preparing their own version of the bill on foreign agents. As soon as it enters the State Duma, we will be happy to familiarize ourselves with it. I count on the fact that either our draft law or the draft of the Union of Journalists of Russia and the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation will be adopted in the first reading. Even for those who advocate a tough position, it is now obvious that the restrictions imposed by the current version of the law do not work normally. When the bill is adopted, we will begin to prepare amendments for the second reading, ”Mironov said.

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