RT-Engels: 24-05-2024,

Those promoting the ‘foreign agent law’ in Georgia could be barred from traveling to America, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said

The US will begin restricting visas for certain Georgians connected with the country’s so-called foreign agent bill, which Washington believes undermines democracy, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said.

In a statement on Thursday, the top diplomat slammed the controversial measure, which requires non-profit organizations, media outlets, and individuals who receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as entities “promoting the interests of a foreign power.”

The bill was passed by the Georgian parliament last week, but later vetoed by President Salome Zourabichvili, one of its fiercest critics. It is still expected to be adopted due to the ruling Georgian Dream party having a parliamentary majority, which can override her action.

While the bill’s advocates have argued that it will improve media transparency, opponents to it have claimed the measure will hinder Georgia’s potential membership of the EU, to which Tbilisi is an applicant , as well as to the NATO military bloc. They have also drawn parallels with Russia’s Foreign Agents Law, which was passed in 2012 and bears strong similarities to the US Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA). Both laws require entities receiving foreign funds to publicly disclose their financial sources abroad.

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Russia has stressed the ‘foreign agent law’ is a domestic issue for Georgia,

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