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    RT America begrudgingly registers as foreign agent of Russian government

    * * * * * BBC, Telesur, Haaretz, Al Jazeera up next??  How about AIPAC??

    RT America begrudgingly registers as foreign agent of Russian government, 11/13/2017

    The Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 has become a hot topic in 2017, with high-profile Washington actors from Paul Manafort to Tony Podesta to Michael Flynn facing accusations they violated the law — a crime that historically has resulted in few prosecutions.

    Under intensifying pressure from the Department of Justice, which oversees enforcement of FARA, Russian website and television channel RT America announced it would register as a foreign agent last Thursday. “Our lawyers say that if we don’t register as a foreign agent, the director of our company in America could be arrested, and the accounts of the company could be seized,” RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan claimed in a statement. “In short, in this situation the company would not be able to work. Between those consequences and registering as a foreign agent, we are forced to choose registration.”

    T&R Productions, described by the Washington Post as “the company that operates RT,” filed FARA registrations on Friday which have since been published on the DOJ’s website. As the Post reported, T&R’s filing said “it had received payments from a foreign principal identified as ANO TV-Novosti, a Russian media company,” as seen on page three of this disclosure, and listed Mikhail V. Solodovnikov as the company’s sole owner.

    As assessment issued by U.S. intelligence agencies in January reportedly described RT America as “a Kremlin-financed channel operated from within the United States” that “has positioned itself as a domestic US channel and has deliberately sought to obscure any legal ties to the Russian government.”

    MORE:

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rt-america-begrudgingly-registers-as-foreign-agent-of-russian-government/article/2640567

     

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  • mrdmk (425 posts)
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    1. RT really had no choice in the matter. Here are some other links

    T&R Productions LLC formally registered on November 10 as an agent of ANO TV-Novosti, described in the forms as a non-governmental organization “under Russian Federation law,” which has principal “responsibility for creating a TV network that will be competitive with other TV networks operating around the world.” The DOJ identified ANO TV-Novosti as the “Russian government entity responsible for the worldwide broadcasts of the RT Network”

    In its announcement, the DOJ said T&R Productions LLC “has operated studios for RT, hired and paid all U.S.-based RT employees, and produced English-language programming for RT, which is both shown on cable networks across the United States and available on RT’s website.”

    The DOJ announced the registration and published the forms on Monday. The National Security Division’s FARA Registration Unit is reviewing T&R’s filings for sufficiency, the DOJ said.

    more at the link:  http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/13/media/russia-rt-fara/index.html

    MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Kremlin-backed television station RT America registered Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice as a “foreign agent” in the United States, the outlet’s editor in chief said and the Department of Justice confirmed later in the day.

    U.S. intelligence agencies said in a report in January that the television station, which broadcasts on cable in the United States, is “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine” and that it contributed to the Kremlin’s campaign to interfere with last year’s presidential election in favor of Republican Party candidate Donald Trump.

    After that report, the Department of Justice insisted that RT America comply with registration requirements under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). Under the act, RT will be required to disclose financial information.

    more at the link:  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-media-restrictions-rt/russias-rt-america-registers-as-foreign-agent-in-u-s-idUSKBN1DD25B

    The following story is in a thread of its own thanks to joentokyo

     link:  https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/rt-america-torched-in-witch-hunt-17/

    Chris Hedges in a screen shot from his RT America program, “On Contact.” (RT America)
    In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

    The assault on RT America, on which I host the show “On Contact,” has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT America’s decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The World Socialist Web Site has seen its search traffic from Google fall by 74 percent since April. Google, in a further blow, this month removed RT from its list of “preferred” channels on YouTube. Twitter has blocked all advertising by the channel.

    Put the censorship campaigns together and the message is clear: Left-wing critics, already marginalized by the state, must be silenced.

    link:  https://www.truthdig.com/articles/rt-america-torched-witch-hunt-17/

    • LaaDeeDaaVA (2744 posts)
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      2. Exactly. Register, leave, or suffer serious consequences.

      The OP article was the first I’d seen with more up-to-date comments from RT, and/or its editor in chief.

      And from your reuters link:

      U.S. intelligence agencies said  . . . that [RT’s] television station, which broadcasts on cable in the United States, is “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine” and that it contributed to the Kremlin’s campaign to interfere with last year’s presidential election in favor of Republican Party candidate Donald Trump,”

      I sure didn’t see RT or Sputnick “interfering” with the 2016 campaign in favor of Trump, or any other candidate.

      But I sure as hell saw CNN, MSNBC, and FoxNews favor and give preference to certain candidates rather than provide neutral, independent coverage and/or analysis, such as when they all  completely ignored Bernie who had just won 8 of the 9 primaries [April/May], and focused their cameras on an empty podium for 20 minutes, anxiously awaiting Trump’s arrival – because it was not only “great for ratings,”  THAT was part of the Dem’s “Pied Piper campaign strategy.” Idiots.

      What we’re doing is disgraceful. I hope that Russia follows through with the pledge to hit back with equal measure, but I’d like to see it hurt the CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews and all cable companies in their bank accounts.

      It’s the only thing they or our legislators & leaders understand.

       

       

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      • mrdmk (425 posts)
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        3. True, idiots for great ratings! What could be more clear?

        Now time for a station break…

  • TRex (3036 posts)
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    4. They can do this, but all it takes is if people go and look at RT

    for 5 minutes they will see the real REASON why the US government doesn’t like RT.

    It had NOTHING to do with the source, it is because they show reality like Vice TV.

    Fuck Big Brother, more bullshit trying to censor the truth.

     

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  • Coldmountaintrail (3003 posts)
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    5. well, if the (CIA/bezos) WAPO says so, it must be true…