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.ThinkingANew, Koko, Pastiche and 4 othersMom Cat, spud demon, xynthee, Enthusiast like thisFreedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one. A. J. Liebling
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