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    US Press Freedom Advocates Concerned Over FBI Involvement Into Sputnik

    US Press Freedom Advocates Concerned Over FBI Involvement Into Sputnik, 09/12/2017

    The Freedom of the Press Foundation and other press freedom advocates expressed concern over the FBI probe into Sputnik, saying the agency had crossed the so-called red line for media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Trevor Timm, the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, expressed his concerns over involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the inquiry into the activities of the Sputnik news agency, following allegations the agency acted as a Russian propaganda tool in violation of the US Foreign Agents Act (FARA).

    On Monday, the Yahoo News portal reported citing anonymous sources that the FBI had questioned former Sputnik employee Andrew Feinberg as part of the investigation. The portal claimed that the FBI had access to Sputnik’s working correspondence from Feinberg and another former employee from Sputnik’s Washington bureau Joseph John Fionda.

    “No matter one’s feelings on Russia or Sputnik, I think it’s concerning anytime the FBI gets involved in defining who is and isn’t a journalist,” Timm said, as quoted by the Washington Examiner media outlet.

    The representative of the foundation added that there could be a retaliation from the Russian side to the FBI activities, particularly in regards to US-supported media outlets.

    MORE:  https://sputniknews.com/politics/201709121057308713-us-press-sputnik-fbi-feinberg-fionda/

     

     

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  • LaaDeeDaaVA (2237 posts)
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    1. FBI Investigation Into Sputnik Indicates Serious Censorship Problems – Kremlin

    FBI Investigation Into Sputnik Indicates Serious Censorship Problems – Kremlin

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the FBI probe into Sputnik indicates serious censorship problems in the United States, describing the action as a move contradicting pluralism and freedom of the press.

    “We do not have detailed information, but in any case, interrogations of journalists or ex-journalists in connection with journalistic activities certainly do not speak in favor of pluralism of opinion and freedom of the press. They rather speak about serious problems with censorship and limiting the work of the press,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that the Kremlin is concerned.

    Moreover, Peskov noted that the work of foreign correspondents in Russia is not restricted.

    “No censorship is allowed [in Russia], prosecution over content is not allowed, and, moreover, foreign media have absolutely equal rights with our domestic media,” he emphasized.

    MORE:   https://sputniknews.com/politics/201709121057311275-fbi-sputnik-kremlin-journalism/

    Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.   A. J. Liebling

       

    • Koko (3778 posts)
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      8. I thought this was a good answer

      From the Article:

      “Narrowing the media exception under FARA could not only have implications for all sorts of other foreign news outlets operating in the U.S., but also for Voice of America or independent journalists operating overseas if Russia chooses to retaliate,” Timm added.

      His words were echoed by Gabe Rottman, who is the Washington director of PEN America.

      “Say what you will about Sputnik or RT [broadcaster], the biggest concern with the FBI focusing on a foreign-owned media organization as a suspected foreign agent is retaliation against U.S.-supported outlets such as Voice of America or public broadcasters like the BBC,” Rottman told the news outlet.

      The official added that it was necessary to tackle the alleged influence of other countries, but the approaches to “state propaganda” and “‘bona fide’ news” should be different.

      • LaaDeeDaaVA (2237 posts)
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        9. Thank you for posting

        more from article.

        Yes – it’s a great retort. Besides, with embassy staff removals & closings, U.S. and Russia have been doing have been doing tit for tat lately, it would be horrible to place journalists – here or in Russia – in a position to be used as pawns.

        (In re: gaming with embassies and diplomatic staff:  Obama started this shit right at New Years Eve. Russia took the high road, invited U.S. diplomats and staff in Moscow to a big New Year party, then patiently waited it out for 7-8 months, hoping for “policy change” under Trump, and got slammed with economic sanctions instead; in this, U.S. deserves what it gets.)

        Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.   A. J. Liebling

           

  • bemildred (4372 posts)
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    2. Reporting is OK see, but only if it's not propaganda.

    Sort of like in Turkey or Saudi Arabia. You can say what you want as long as the King agrees.

    It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
  • peacecorps (3601 posts)
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    3. No country, including the US, should restrict the MSM of another country just

    because the government does not like the nature of the content.

    A Russian think-tank report earlier this year named Sputnik alongside RT, another state-run outlet, as key media tools in Russia’s alleged plot to undermine the 2016 presidential elections in the United States.

    Andrew Feinberg, who served as Sputnik’s White House correspondent this year, said an FBI agent and a Justice Department lawyer interviewed him for more than two hours in early September.

    “They wanted to know where did my orders come from and if I ever got any direction from Moscow,” Feinberg told the news website. He said the interrogators expressed interest in examples of how he was “steered” toward covering certain issues.

    The former Sputnik correspondent cited his senior editors and news directors as instructing him that “Moscow wants this or Moscow wants that” from his reporting.

    https://themoscowtimes.com/news/us-probes-russia-sputnik-news-agency-for-foreign-agent-law-violations-58907

    Sputnik News and RT are Russian MSM just like Voice of America or CNN are American MSM. The danger here is not that Russia will retaliate for restrictions on Sputnik News but that we will violate the First Amendment here regardless of what Russia does or does not do.

    Whether “Moscow (or Washington) wants this or wants that ‘from reporting'” is not the issue.

    • bemildred (4372 posts)
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      4. They want an echo chamber so their delusions will not be challenged.

      I read the Russian media to see what Russians are thinking. It’s very informative that way. Local media all over the planet is very informative that way. I recommend that our foreign policy wonks spend a lot more time doing that, everybody should do that.

      It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.