US Congress recently approved new legislation that would force foreign-owned media organizations such as Qatar's Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent under U.S. law.
The legislation, included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, would mandate that foreign-owned media organizations register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, a move that would shine greater sunlight on these organizations' ties to foreign governments, according to Washington Free Beacon.
Congressional officials touted the new legislation as part of larger efforts to force foreign-owned media outlets to disclose their agendas and admit their close ties to foreign governments.
Proponents of the legislation said that media outlets such as Qatar’s Al Jazeera, Russia's RT America and China Central Television have tried to hide their agenda behind the guise of objective journalism, according to the report.
It added that Al Jazeera, for instance, recently faced intense scrutiny on Capitol Hill for running a secret, months-long spy operation on American Jewish activists and their allies in Congress on order from the Qatari government.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D., N.J.) petitioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March to launch an investigation into Al Jazeera, it added.
ANALYSIS: Has Qatar’s BeIN been used to spread Al Jazeera’s message of hate?Almost a week into the 2018 World Cup in Russia and, for many fans in the Middle East, the enjoyment of the action continues to come at a price. ... Sports
Al Jazeera pro-ISIS report resurfaces as critics call out Qatar-owned channelA live report from inside Iraq’s Mosul after it was recaptured by ISIS militants in 2014 is resurfacing once again after social media users ... Gulf
Huffington Post cuts agreement with former Al Jazeera chiefHuffington Post announced on Saturday the end of its Arabic platform, HuffPost Arabi. In a statement, the outlet said the decision was ... Digital
Al Jazeera English vs. Al Jazeera Arabic: One channel, two messagesAlthough a road separates the buildings of Al Jazeera English from their organization’s main Arabic network, the two channels could not have ... Gulf
Al Jazeera anchor causes controversy with post on Hurricane Irma victimsProminent Al Jazeera anchor Ahmed Mansour is causing controversy once again for a Facebook post in which he justified the destructive Hurricane Irma ... Television & Radio
Online users unearth footage of Al Jazeera anchor justifying 9/11 attacksUsers on Twitter have been sharing a two-minute video from September 11, 2001, showing prominent Al Jazeera anchorwoman Khadija Benguenna justifying ... Television & Radio