A number of Republican members of the US congress expect a new law, drafted to transparently disclose sources of funding and financial spending by the Russian media in the United States, to impose more transparency measures on the practices of a number of Qatari media organizations in the United States and abroad, the Daily Beast reported.
Chief among those outlets is Al Jazeera English, which a group of conservative Republicans have targeted for nearly a year over allegations that it is used to propagandize on behalf of U.S.-designated terrorist groups and surreptitiously promotes the interests of its Qatari government patrons.
“The Qataris also run other outlets like Middle East Eye, digital platforms, etc,” the aide told The Daily Beast. “Some are U.S.-based, some just transmit here, some publish overseas and get bounced into Twitter and Facebook by bots. If they were paying lobbyists to do it they'd have to register under FARA and log all their activities, so we'd have transparency into how they're targeting Americans. But since it's their own media, the network and their influence are opaque.”
Al Jazeera English did not respond to a request for comment on the effort.