The Russian parliament dropped a bombshell on Monday when it ordered an investigation into U.S. media organizations, including CNN and the Voice of America, “for compliance of their activities with Russian legislation.”
Breitbart reported that the State Duma ordered an “audit” of Radio Liberty, the Voice of America, CNN, and other U.S. media outlets to see if they are breaking the law. They partly did this because of a bill introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) earlier this week that would allow the Department of Justice to use additional tools to investigate state-owned Russian media outlet RT America for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
“We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process,” said Shaheen in a press release. “The American public has a right to know if this is the case. RT News has made public statements boasting that it can dodge our laws with shell corporations, and it’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate.”
Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the the Russian Foreign Ministry, slammed the bill, arguing that Shaheen should have also drawn up a list of books for burning. Margarita Simonyan, RT’s editor-in-chief, compared the bill to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s campaign against communism in the 1950s.
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