The Executive Committee unanimously voted 21 in November to cancel the accreditation from RT correspondents. This step was taken because T & R Productions, LLC (T & R), which serves the US branch of RT, is registered as a foreign agent in the USA,says Kaplan’s statement.
It is noted that "during registration, as announced by the US Department of Justice on 13 on November, it was stated that T & R is an agent of a legal entity created by the Russian government to distribute RT television programs around the world."
The decision to withdraw accreditation takes effect immediately.
The rules of the Congress’s press gallery clearly state that accreditation cannot be granted to anyone working for the foreign government or its representatives. After registering as a foreign agent, as required by the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), RT has lost the right for journalistic accreditation,says a spread document.
Kaplan also demanded that the correspondents of RT return all permanent passes issued to them to the Congress building.
RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan on November 9 said that the US Department of Justice "did not leave (to the channel) a choice."
Lawyers say that if we do not register as a foreign agent, the head of a company in America can be arrested, company accounts can be arrested, in general, the company will not be able to work in such a situation. Between such consequences and registration as an agent, we are forced to choose registration, although, of course, we strongly disagree with this requirement,said Simonyan.