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Al Jazeera Target of U.A.E. Campaign in U.S. to Hobble Network
By Joe Light
October 11, 2019, 1:00 AM PDT
Lobbyists try to force Al Jazeera to register as foreign agent
Qatar-based network also target of U.A.E.-backed Twitter blitz
The Al Jazeera newsroom in Doha. Photographer: Jan Kuhlmann/picture alliance via Getty Images
The United Arab Emirates wants to silence the Al Jazeera Media Network and is running a lobbying campaign in the U.S. to try to hobble the broadcaster.
The push includes using a law firm to meet with dozens of congressional staffers in Washington as well as a separate digital information operation involving U.A.E.-controlled Twitter accounts and websites that are hiding their affiliations.
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