In their letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, the senators ask what steps the department has taken to enforce compliance with FARA for Al Jazeera and are seeking documents related to the determination of AJ+’s foreign agent status. The senators are also asking what steps the department has taken to require Rightly to register under FARA. Those same lawmakers and others first raised concerns about Al Jazeera’s FARA compliance in 2019.
U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio,, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., are backing Rubio’s proposal.
In their letter to DOJ, the lawmakers noted examples of Al Jazeera’s activities that align closely with the priorities of the Qatari government. The letter also notes that other foreign state-owned media organizations with similar fact patterns and reach into the United States have recently been required to register as foreign agents.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, brought back a proposal to have some organizations register as foreign agents. Rubio reintroduced the “Foreign Influence Transparency Act”...