Russian parliament to bar all US media from reporting within its walls in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded TV station's credentials in America

  • The US withdrew the credentials of Kremlin-funded RT TV earlier this month ??
  • In retaliation, Russian parliament may ban all US media from reporting there ?
  • Foreign correspondents in Russia can currently access Russian parliament and some government agencies with credentials issued by Russian Foreign Ministry
  • But that may end after Russia claimed the US move violated media freedom

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

Olga Savastyanova of the State Duma told Russian news agencies on Friday that she expects the Duma to adopt the ban next week.?

Separately, Igor Morozov, member of the information policy committee at the Federation Council, told the RIA Novosti news agency that the upper chamber of the Russian parliament would support the ban and could vote to enforce it later this month.

Russia's parliament (pictured last Friday) could bar US media from reporting within its walls in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station's credentials in the United States

Russia's parliament (pictured last Friday) could bar US media from reporting within its walls in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station's credentials in the United States

Foreign correspondents in Russia can currently access the Russian parliament and some government agencies with their press credentials issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists on Wednesday withdrew credentials for Kremlin-funded RT after the company complied earlier this month with a US demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.?

Russia has denounced the move as a violation of media freedom.?

Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of RT, confirmed earlier this month that the company had met the US demand to register as a foreign agent.

At the time Simonyan on the RT website that 'between a criminal case and the registration we have chosen the latter,' adding that 'we congratulate the American freedom of speech and those who still believe in it on that'.

Simonyan said that failure to fulfill the US Department of Justice's request to register could have led to the arrest of RT's American director and the freezing of its accounts.

The US move and the Russian threats of retaliation follow the endorsement of a new Russian bill that allowed the government to designate international media outlets as foreign agents in response to the US demand made to the RT TV channel.

When Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about the possible ban for US media to report from the Russian parliament, he said he views the initiative 'with understanding'.

The US move and the Russian (file image) threats of retaliation follow the endorsement of a new Russian bill that allowed the government to designate international media outlets as foreign agents in response to the US demand made to the RT TV channel?

The US move and the Russian (file image) threats of retaliation follow the endorsement of a new Russian bill that allowed the government to designate international media outlets as foreign agents in response to the US demand made to the RT TV channel?

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