Awatchdog group has filed a suit against the Department of Justice seeking documents related to the agency’s failed attempt to force the news organization, Al Jazeera, to register as a foreign agent.
Empower Oversight has contended that the DOJ ignored its Freedom of Information Act request for 12 months. The DOJ previously found that Al Jazeera engaged in “political activities” on behalf of Qatar and that AJ+, in particular, was “obligated to register” as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Al Jazeera is a state-funded media outlet operating on behalf of the Qatari monarchy.
In the letter, Chief of the DOJ’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section Jay Bratt told Al Jazeera’s lawyers that AJ+ “has engaged and is still engaged in political activities within the United States and has acted and continues to act as a publicity agent within the United States, on behalf of the Government of Qatar and Al Jazeera Media Network (“AJMN”), each of which is considered a foreign principal under [FARA].” more