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Vladimir Putin signs Bill targeting journalists and bloggers

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The Bill extends an existing law involving foreign-funded media outlets.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a Bill into law that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.

The Bill extends an existing law involving foreign-funded media outlets. That was adopted in 2017 in response to the decision by the U.S. Justice Department to label the Russian state-funded RT television a foreign agent.

The law can apply to anyone who distributes content produced by media outlets registered as foreign agents and receives payments from abroad. Individuals registered as foreign agents will be subject to additional government scrutiny.

The move has been criticised by many Russians for further restricting freedom of expression in the country even further and allowing the authorities to crack down on dissent.

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