Russia news network registers as foreign agent in US
Moscow/Washington: The Russian international news network RT America has registered as a "foreign agent" in the US at the request of the Department of Justice, the outlet's editor-in-chief has announced. "Between a criminal case and the registration we chose the latter. Congratulations to the US freedom of speech and all those who still believe in it," Margarita Simonyan said in a statement on Monday. Last week, the DOJ demanded that RT America should register as a foreign agent by November 13 under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) enacted in 1938, reports Xinhua news agency. The Act requires "persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities". After Simonyan's announcement, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente said: "Americans have a right to know who is acting in the US to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals.