RT America Stripped of Congress Credentials, While State Dept Declares #FARA Won’t Change Its Status

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The US Congress has withdrawn RT America’s accreditation on Capitol Hill, citing the company’s “foreign agent” status. That’s hours after the State Department said the US Foreign Agents Registration Act “does not restrict an organization’s ability to operate.”

“The rules of the Galleries state clearly that news credentials may not be issued to any applicant employed ‘by any foreign government or representative thereof.’ Upon its registration as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), RT Network became ineligible to hold news credentials,” the letter said.

The withdrawal of RT’s accreditation in the Congress was effective immediately, said the letter, which was signed by the Galleries chair. The broadcaster is instructed to return its credentials to the Senate Sergeant.

The move goes against Washington’s statements that the registration as a foreign agent was more of a formality, which won’t affect the broadcaster’s operation in the US.

“FARA does not police the content of information disseminated, does not limit the publication of information or advocacy materials, and does not restrict an organization’s ability to operate,” Heather Nauert, US State Department spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

In another comment in October, Nauert also insisted that “when the United States tells someone to register under a foreign agent requirement, we don’t impact or affect the ability of them to report news and information. We just have them register. It’s as simple as that.”

RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, has slammed stripping RT America of Congressional credentials, saying: “To all the self-righteous defenders of ‘freedom of speech’ who oh-so-ardently proclaimed that FARA registration places no restrictions whatsoever on RT’s journalistic work in the US: Withdrawal of Congressional credentials speaks much louder than empty platitudes.

“[And] to borrow from Orwell, all “foreign agents” are equal, but looks like only RT is denied congressional accreditation on the basis of FARA status, while the likes of NHK and China People’s Daily carry on business as usual, and US officials continue to claim that the forced FARA registration for RT America’s operating company isn’t at all discriminatory.”

The US Department of Justice ordered RT America to register as a foreign agent before November 13, threatening to freeze assets and arrest the broadcaster’s head in case of noncompliance. RT America (officially registered as T&R Productions LLC) filed as a foreign agent on November 10.

www.rt.com/usa/411361-rt-congress-credentials-withdrawal/

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Comments

Brittania says:

Ridiculous. CCTV should at most get credentials revoked. The Chinese are the true spies in the west and a subversive government screwing the west….of tech, money and economies. Oh….wait……..our own western scum spineless pedo satin worshiping politicians are owned by them so the get a free pass….fucking communist sympathisers. RT and Putin are upholders of Christianity and show they are against the Elites. The very ones that were doing business with the Russians during the Clinton era, including bubba Bill. What is Trump doing with regards to Russia – Where is the mending of fences?

A A says:

I'll still watch it al9ng with most sensible people. Same as when democratic UK banned PressTv. No big deal. Just shows the world who the childish fools are for banning the truth.

Donna Volatile says:

Lionel, you rocked on this one!

fedup brown says:

RT will survive!!!

Thomas Frotton says:

what about all the zionist owned t.v.co

Alan McBride says:

Smash them up Lionel, stick the boot in.

maxwlytle says:

Every day I check in with RT, Sputnik, and Russia Insider … I never, Never, NEVER go to U.S. 'mockingbird'-/corporate-controlled media for national or international news … it's a vast wasteland of repetitious, myopic, shallow reporting, and overblown egos.

bo0tsy1 says:

Fucking stupid. Lets get rid of BBC. And Carlos Slim is out of luck. Left eats itself… Again.

Ev Forall says:

Looks dumb to me

Ben Carter says:

Badge of honour. Watch RT ratings soar

e james says:

the easiest way to find saville row in london is to simply locate picadilly circus and follow the curving street up around the bend and make a turn west ….about 2 blocks or so, eh what?

John O'Connor says:

ABC Australia,government funded.

Angry Shamrock says:

1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual.

Concerned Americans says:

Congress at this point handle the truth of what’s going on being exposed. Only CIA controlled media allowed on Capitol Hill, while MSM pushes their PROPAGANDA. Ridiculous!!

Colin Fox says:

The BBC, biggest fake propaganda joke of all. Still the sheep watch and go Baa.

Biddut Mitra says:

"They" got idea from JFK released paper, where it mentions AIPAC requires to register as "foreign agent". RT will be more favourite than MSM due to this unconstitutional action.

fung whyou says:

I want my RT! RT needs to stand up and rattle the cage on the other state owned media news outlets and kick the chairs out from under their asses! if they won't back up RT then force them by putting them in the same boat

Charles Patterson says:

Notice how it wasn't the FCC making the announcement? It should have been. That is the normal procedure unless I am mistaken. Why didn't THEY say something? Implications…

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