Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente
announced today that T&R Productions, LLC (T&R), a Washington,
D.C., corporation, registered today with the Department of Justice under
the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as an agent for ANO
TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity responsible for the worldwide
broadcasts of the RT Network (RT). The National Security Division’s
FARA Registration Unit is reviewing T&R’s filings for sufficiency.
“Americans have a right
to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S.
government or public on behalf of foreign principals,” said Acting
Assistant Attorney General Boente. “The Department of Justice is
committed to enforcing FARA and expects compliance with the law by all
entities engaged in specified activities on behalf of any foreign
principal, regardless of its nationality.”
FARA does not inhibit
freedom of expression, does not restrict the content of information
disseminated, does not restrict an agent’s lobbying or publication of
information or advocacy and applies neutrally to all foreign countries.
It requires public disclosure of certain activities and relationships
through registration by “agents of foreign principals” with the Justice
Department. FARA does not limit publishing of materials or viewpoints;
it requires only registration, labeling of informational materials and
broadcasts, and recordkeeping.
Congress passed FARA in
1938, intending to ensure that the American public and our lawmakers
know the source of information that is provided at the behest of a
foreign principal, where that information may be intended to influence
U.S. public opinion, policy and laws. The law does not restrict
registrants from operating, however. Other U.S. agents of foreign media
entities are currently registered under FARA and continue to operate
freely in the United States.
Since August 2014,
T&R has operated studios for RT, hired and paid all U.S.-based RT
employees, and produced English-language programming for RT, which is
both shown on cable networks across the United States and available on
RT’s website. T&R’s filings are available to the public at www.fara.gov.