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US & Europe's farcical hypocrisy over Russian foreign media law

Cunningham, Finian

Publisher:  RT
Date Written:  28/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

The US and the European Union rushed to condemn Russia's new media laws restricting foreign entities. At the same time, they assume the unilateral right to hound Russian news outlets as "foreign agents."



When the US Department of Justice coerced RT to register as a foreign agent on November 13, or face criminal action, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J Boente said: "Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the US government or public on behalf of foreign principals."

So if American citizens have the right to know such information, why do Russians not have the same right?

The US government lawyer added: "The Department of Justice is committed to enforcing FARA [Foreign Agents Registration Act] and expects compliance with the law by all entities engaged in specified activities on behalf of any foreign principal, regardless of its nationality."

The US government is being illogical, if not mendacious, here. If its public justification were being applied consistently and genuinely then why aren't foreign state-owned news outlets like the BBC, France 24, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera and China's CGTN obliged to register under FARA?

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