Does the UK have any laws (its own or EU-level) that require lobbying and propaganda paid by foreign sources to be disclosed as such? For example the US has the famous FARA (quoting Wikipedia's description thereof):
The Act requires periodic disclosure of all activities and finances by:
- people and organizations that are under control of
- a foreign government, or
- of organizations or of persons outside of the United States ("foreign principal"),
- if they act "at the order, request, or under the direction or control" (i.e. as "agents")
- of this principal or
- of persons who are "controlled or subsidized in major part" by this principal.
Organizations under such foreign control can include political agents, public relations counsel, publicity agents, information-service employees, political consultants, fundraisers or those who represent the foreign power before any agency or official of the United States government.
The law does not include news or press services not owned by the foreign principal. It also provides explicit exemptions for organizations engaged in "religious, scholastic, academic, or scientific pursuits or of the fine arts," as well as for those "not serving predominantly a foreign interest."
Is there reasonably similar legislation in the UK?