Kremlin mouthpiece Russia Today stripped of accreditation in US Congress

Russian state-controlled TV channel RT will no longer be able to report daily from the U.S. Capitol.

A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists has withdrawn credentials for RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Voice of America reports.

The law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other ‘foreign principals’.

Stripping the RT TV channel of its accreditation in the US Congress is Washington’s another step to sour bilateral relations, which proves that the foreign agent status hinders a media outlet’s activities, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said.

In January, US intelligence officials published a report saying that Russia had intervened in the recent presidential elections in 2016. The report made special mention of RT, which is believed to be the ‘main tool of the Kremlin’s international propaganda’.

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