from Sputnik News:
The unprecedented demand comes amid increased pressure on the media outlet in the US in the wake of the so-called Russia probe.
RT America has announced that the US Department of Justice has demanded the broadcaster’s registration under FARA until Monday, November 13, with Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan calling the deadline “cannibalistic.”
According to RT America, “if the company does not comply, its head may be arrested, as well as all of the company’s accounts.”
The decision has been commented on by Senator Andrei Klimov, who has stated, “We will probably have to make some changes in legislation that will allow us to create for US media engaged in propaganda in Russia the same working conditions as those created by the US authorities for RT.”
Earlier in the day, RT Director General Alexei Nikolov said at a meeting of the Upper House’s commission on information policy that the broadcaster did not consider itself a foreign agent, adding such status could be extremely dangerous for RT employees and all those who interact with the TV channel.
Previously, RT was requested to register under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in September in an unprecedented move not applied to any other foreign media in the country, prompting Moscow to warn Washington of reciprocal measurestoward US outlets in Russia.
The demand comes just hours after Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the US House Intelligence Committee, said on Tuesday, that it was “a tough question” whether RT should be allowed to place advertisements, in a move described by Simonyan as one made “in the name of freedom of speech.”
Pressure on RT in US
RT, as well as Sputnik, have come under increased pressure in the US in the wake of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, a claim repeatedly denied by the Kremlin as “groundless and absurd.”
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