In recent days, Russian officials have said that the government is considering retaliatory measures if the U.S. continues its crackdown on Russian media outlets in the US, accoridng to news reports.
In particular, government spokespman said that a number of Russian outlets are under “unprecedented pressure,” which “significantly hampers the activities of Russian media in some Western countries.
The US actions towards Russian media outlets are “a violation of freedom of speech and press,” the official maintained.
He said that he hopes "international bodies" concerned with monitoring violations of freedom of speech will take notice of U.S. actions.
The official denied having any information on reports that the Russian General Prosecutor's Office could announce that some American media outlets are not welcome in the United States.
Newly promulgated standards, issued by the Justice Department, in the U.S. require that foreign-based news entity register as "foreign agent" by the October 17.
Failing to do so would result in property seizures and the arrest of news staff, it been reported.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was adopted in 1938 to counter pro-Nazi agitation on US soil. It exists so that “the people of the United States are informed of the source of information (propaganda) and the identity of persons attempting to influence US public opinion, policy, and laws.” The active FARA register doesn’t contain any media outlets, which have traditionally been exempt from the legislation.
On Thursday, the Russian Union of Journalists expressed concern over the US pressure towards the Russian media.
A numnber of Russian journalists have called the new requirements a "witch hunt" politically motivated by charges of Russian meddling in last November's presidential election.