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Russia: “Foreign Agents” Bill Threatens Journalists

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Expand An interior view of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters A bill before the Russian parliament that would expand the status of “foreign agents” to private persons, including bloggers and independent journalists, is a source of serious concern, Human Rights Watch and nine other rights organizations said today. This legislative initiative will have a detrimental impact on the already restrictive environment for independent journalism in Russia and should be dropped. Russia’s legislation on “foreign agents” already covers nongovernmental…

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