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In retaliation to the recent forced registration of RT to the U.S. Foreign Agent Registration Act, the Russian ministry has identified 9 international news outlets as foreign agents. This raises further questions over the media war between the U.S. and Russia and overall press freedom within Russia. These news outlets include government funded international news services such as Voices of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and many of it's services including the Tatar-Bashkir Service. On November 25, Putin signed a Russian foreign agent law into action that was quickly passed through parliament. Putin’s law defines an organization as a foreign... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at Global Media News
One year after the 2016 United States Presidential Election, Kremlin-funded news outlet RT has registered under the Foreign Agent Registration Act following pressure from the U.S. government. A U.S. intelligence report from January 2017 reports that Sputnik and RT spread pro-Trump propaganda across their platforms during election time. The Foreign Agent Registration Act, or FARA, was implemented by the United States in 1938 in order to prevent the spread of Nazi propaganda. This act aims to allow American citizens to know whether the media they are being exposed to is being funded by a foreign source. An example of FARA... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Global Media News
Commonly known as Russia's Paris Hilton, Ksenia Sobchak has announced her plans to run for President in the 2018 Russian election. Announcing her candidacy via a YouTube video, Sobchak is using both social media and television as a way to freely express her political views and ideas. Sobchak has recently appeared on the independent channel TV Rain where she stated, “Over the past 17 years a whole new generation has grown up that wants to see a different Russia that is civilised and European." Pictured to the left is Sobchak at a news conference addressing her plans to run for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Global Media News
In another attempt to change the political landscape of Europe, Russia has engaged their state-supported media in publishing news stories about crises in Spain. With a main goal of dividing European countries due to Russia’s anti-globalization approach, Russia has been sparking conversation about Catalonia by publishing news stories on the crisis in Russian, English and German. An ongoing issue in Spain is the potential succession of Catalonia from Spain. This region has its own parliament, police force, health and education systems that have helped Spain grow a great deal economically. Succession of Catalonia could hurt Spain and therefore bring instability... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Global Media News
Russia is no stranger to meddling in the elections of other nations. One aim of Russian government-funded media is to change the political discourse around the globe. These actions can be seen by Russian advertising on U.S. social media during the 2016 election. Recently, a group of Russians posing as a marketing group have been using Twitter bots to disrupt the 2017 German election. BuzzFeed News investigated this group of 30 members whose use of Twitter bots help to promote hashtags supporting the Alternative for Germany party (AfD). Headed by Frauke Petry, the AfD is a far-right political party that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Global Media News
In a country where media is heavily regulated by its government, there aren’t many independent media news outlets available to Russian citizens. The most common source of news for Russians is television, where the people are fed with Kremlin filtered news. In order to better understand Russian television, included in a Broadband TV News article are the total number of television channels in the country. "A total of 2,370 TV channels were identified as operating and accessible in Russia and/or having licenses to broadcast in the country, according to a new report of the European Audiovisual Observatory." However, in an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at Global Media News
Russia is well known for its strong governmental regulations on media. Russian journalists risk their lives in attempting to expose any kind of corruption in sensitive topics including the nation's political dynamics. Russian media is constantly criticized by other countries with less regulated media systems. It is challenging to find any Russian media sources criticizing their own country because, "laws allow the authorities to block websites without explanation, require popular bloggers to register with the mass media regulator Roskomnadzor and demand that internet companies give the authorities access to users' information." Common punishment for not abiding by these rules is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Global Media News
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