Russia’s communications regulator accused CNN on Friday of violating the country’s media laws and has summoned network reps over the allegations.
The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said in a statement on its website that it will look into a warning about CNN’s alleged violations and said the news network also breached the terms of its broadcast license.
It didn’t specify what the breaches were.
Roskomnadzor said it would continue “systematic monitoring” of foreign mass media outlets registered in Russia.
The CNN accusations were lodged a day after the Russian foreign ministry accused Washington of pressuring Kremlin-backed propaganda site RT to register as a “foreign agent” in the US. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that RT, shelled out at least $274,100 in US ads on Twitter. RT was a key player in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, according to US intelligence reports.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that any move made against Russian media working in the US “will get a tit-for-tat response.”
She said the demand to register as a “foreign agent” endangered the safety of RT staff because they’d be obligated to disclose personal information.
“In the atmosphere of a witch hunt unfolding in the United States, this may present a real threat,” she said.