Amendments to the law on mass media-“the registered as a foreign agent” – a new tool of Moscow in the fight against “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty”, “Voice of America” and other independent media, according to the Washington.Washington condemns Moscow’s pressure on the media Corporation “Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty” (RFE/RL) and radio “Voice of America”. The Russian government continues to suppress freedom and media independence, said in a statement the U.S. state Department spokesman Heather Nauert, published on Friday, July 6. The state Department condemns the “selective targeting” of media law-“foreign agents” at RFE/RL and “Voice of America”.
Amendments to the law on mass media-“the registered as a foreign agent”, which allows to confer this status also individuals who distribute content of all these media, have become the new tool of Moscow in the struggle against independent journalists and bloggers, according to the Washington. The U.S. calls on the Kremlin to respect its commitments within the framework of the Helsinki accords and the International Covenant on civil and political rights – in particular, not to interfere with the right to freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms.
Earlier the world court of the Tver district of Moscow sentenced RFE/RL to the penalty of 100 thousand rubles for failure to provide financial information, “stemming from the responsibilities of NGOs performing the functions of “inherent”.
The bill on additional media regulation-“registered as foreign agents”, requiring these media to create in Russia a legal entity and label accordingly their products, the state Duma adopted in the first reading in mid-January. On 3 July the state Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications approved the amendments, according to which individuals who distribute media materials-“inherent” and receiving funding from abroad, can also be recognized by the media as”registered as a foreign agent”.
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The U.S. corporate sector is extremely pessimistic about their prospects in the first quarter.
Companies are rapidly cutting their revenue forecasts for the I quarter of 2014
Likely that weak forecasts for earnings over the reporting period associated with the deterioration of the global economy. However, experts also suggest that the top management of American companies deliberately underestimates revenues of companies, thus to control the moods of investors and thus contribute to their positive reaction after the publication of the reports.
According to FactSet senior analyst John Butters, 93 of the 111 companies included in base of calculation of index S& P500 that have published their forecasts for the first quarter, expect the worst result, than the experts on wall street.
This situation, when the vast majority of companies are extremely pessimistic about their income is fixed for the second time in the entire history of observations, the company FactSet began tracking this trend since 2006.
And the first time a similar situation was recorded in the fourth quarter of last year.
The Parliament of Portugal approved the legalization of medical marijuana
The Parliament of Portugal voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
The text of the bill was prepared by deputies of the left block and supported by all parliamentary groups except for the right CDS, which abstained.
The document provides for “legalization “of medical products, preparations and substances based on plants of cannabis for medical purposes”. In this case we are talking about drugs based on marijuana, not the plants themselves that are intended to be used with medical purpose.
In addition, the document does not allow individuals to grow marijuana, even for medical purposes.
Thus Portugal will join a number of European countries, where medical marijuana use is permitted. It is, in particular, the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Germany.