News this summer was that group of US Senators was pushing the DOJ to list Al Jazeera as ‘foreign agent’ (or probably force them to list themselves as such under FARA).

In a letter to the justice department, nine powerful Republican Senators sought information on any steps taken to determine whether the popular television news network from the Middle East should be registered as a “foreign agent”.

In the past, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency and Russian television Russia Today (RT) have been asked to register as an agent of foreign government by the justice department.

International media outlets registered in the US as agents of foreign governments include RT, China Daily, NHK Cosmomedia, and KBS Korean Broadcasting System.


The signatories include Senators Tom Cotton, Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn, Todd Young, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and Representatives Mike Johnson and Lee Zeldin.

The justice department recently required international broadcasters of Russian-owned RTTV America to register under the law as well as Chinese government-owned media outlets Xinhua and China Global Television Network. Congress did not renew the Congressional press pass of reporters from these networks.

Has anything more come out of this? Did the DOJ publicly reply to these inquiries?

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