Why Georgia's 'foreign agent' law could dash the country's hopes of joining the EU | DW News

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Thousands of protesters rallied in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, for a third day on Wednesday after lawmakers advanced a controversial media bill which opponents fear will undermine the country's ambition of joining the European Union (EU).
The proposed law would require media and non-commercial organizations to register as being under foreign influence if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad.
It has been denounced by critics as the "Russian law" because of parallels with a "foreign agents" legislation used by Moscow to clamp down on criticism of the Kremlin.
The bill passed its first reading in parliament on Wednesday with 83 votes by members of the ruling Georgian Dream party. Opposition parliamentarians boycotted the vote.
For more on this DW spoke to Salome Zourabichvili, Georgia's President.


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