Withdrawal of RT America's accreditation on Capitol Hill 'dire development'
Date Written: 30/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
The US congressional press office has revoked RT America's accreditation on Capitol Hill, citing its 'foreign agent' status.
John Hajjar, of the US Middle East Alliance to support Trump, said the ruling -- which effectively means that RT reporters are barred from all events on Capitol Hill -- doesn't make much sense to him.
"My feeling is this [decision] actually will be reversed when a higher authority or some congressional leaders understand what took place. I would like to know who handles that press body within the Congress and just to see how that decision was arrived at. I think when that comes to light there will be actions taken to reverse it," he said.
He added: "America is the birthplace of free expression. It is enshrined in our constitution in the First Amendment, and I am sure that President Trump feels very strong about free expression. You could see from his appointment of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai, who is speaking out very strongly against net neutrality rules, which basically were put in place by the Obama administration to limit or to give wide latitude to the content provider -- social media. His action wants to restore the ability to take away government's authority in policing the content over the internet. So if you look at the decisions made there, they are completely contrary to what took place in Congress in removing the credentials of RT."
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