“The solution to bad speech is more speech,” Sarwark added. “The registration law was created in the wake of allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election campaigns, but violating the First Amendment further erodes our free speech rights and doesn’t even solve the problem of potential meddling. Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Heartland Newsfeed) — In a press release made available to the press Tuesday, the Libertarian Party called out the U.S. Department of Justice for a clear and blatant violation of the First Amendment by requiring Russian-funded news network Russia Today (RT) and its North American counterpart, RT America, to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which has been active since World War II. The foreign network has faced governmental threats if they didn’t comply, including arrests of network management and seizure of company accounts and assets, effective shutting down the network. Unfortunately, RT has registered because of those threats.
The release lays out the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, in unequivocal terms, that Congress cannot make laws limiting the freedoms of speech and of the press and that there are no exclusions or exceptions for expressions published or broadcast by foreign-owned media on American soil.
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