Russia calls German Deutsche Welle a ‘foreign agent’ – POLITICO

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

In Russia, media labeled “foreign agents” must add a disclaimer to everything they publish, disclose where their funding comes from, and give authorities a full overview of their activities.

“This new arbitrary decision by the Russian authorities was, unfortunately, foreseeable,” said Peter Limbourg, managing director of Deutsche Welle. “Another step to attack the freedom of the press and a new attempt to cut off the Russian population from free information.”

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

“If our website had not been blocked anyway, we would have had to provide our articles with a corresponding notification,” said Deutsche Welle spokesman Christoph Jumpelt.

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

“Even though our website and most social media channels have been blocked by the Putin government for the past few days, people in Russia can find various ways to circumvent censorship,” Limburg said at the time.

On Sunday, the German tabloid Bild reported that the Moscow government had banned its website, where the newspaper published Russian translations of its coverage of the war in Ukraine, criticizing the Kremlin.


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