Russia brands Deutsche Welle a “foreign agent” – POLITICO

BERLIN – Russia’s Justice Ministry has added Deutsche Welle to a list of media outlets the Kremlin considers “foreign agents,” according to a tweet from the official Russian account of the German channel.

In Russia, media outlets dubbed “foreign agents” must add a disclaimer to all publications, disclose where their funding comes from, and give authorities full insight into their activities.

“Unfortunately, this renewed arbitrary decision by the Russian authorities was to be expected,” said Peter Limbourg, Director General of Deutsche Welle. “Another step to attack press freedom and a new attempt to cut off the Russian people from free information.”

Monday’s decision was Moscow’s latest move against German media, including a complete ban on Deutsche Welle’s broadcasting activities on Russian territory, imposed by the Kremlin in February in retaliation for Germany’s ban on Russian state-controlled broadcaster RT.

“If our website hadn’t been blocked anyway, we would have had to provide our articles with a corresponding notice,” said Christoph Jumpelt, spokesman for Deutsche Welle.

Earlier this month, Limburg announced that after the closure of their Moscow office, local staff would be relocated to the Latvian capital, Riga.

“Even though our website and most social media channels have been blocked by the Putin government in recent days, people in Russia are finding a variety of ways to circumvent censorship,” Limbourg said at the time.

On Sunday, German tabloid Bild reported that the government in Moscow banned its website, which published Russian translations of its coverage of the war in Ukraine, under criticism of the Kremlin. Russia brands Deutsche Welle a “foreign agent” – POLITICO

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