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BY: Adam Kredo
A prominent Washington, D.C., law firm has been working on behalf of the Qatari-owned broadcasting network Al Jazeera, prompting questions from a congressional office as to whether the firm has disclosed this relationship under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
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The firm, DLA Piper, recently sent a letter on behalf of Al Jazeera to the office of Rep. Jack Bergman (R., Mich.) demanding he issue a series of corrections to a recent op-ed accusing Al Jazeera of peddling anti-Semitic and anti-American rhetoric, according to a copy of emails exchanged between DLA Piper and Bergman's office viewed by the Washington Free Beacon.
Al Jazeera is owned by Qatar and routinely disseminates the country's anti-Israel propaganda. Congress recently passed legislation to compel greater disclosure and transparency by foreign-owned broadcasters operating in the United States. Several foreign government-owned broadcasters registered; Al Jazeera has thus far not done so.
Exchange - Midst - Scrutiny - Qatar - Efforts
The exchange comes in the midst of heightening scrutiny of Qatar's high-dollar efforts to influence policy and public opinion in prominent Washington circles. Al Jazeera recently ran an undercover report on American Jews and pro-Israel officials in D.C., efforts that prompted several members of Congress to demand an investigation.
DLA Piper, in its letter to Rep. Bergman, demanded the lawmaker correct what it described as "significant factual and legal errors" in his op-ed, which was published earlier this month in the Washington Examiner.
Letter - Back-and-forth - DLA - Piper - Bergman
The letter initiated a testy back-and-forth between DLA Piper and Bergman's office, which later told the law firm it was "deeply troubled by your message, which seemed to be a heavy-handed attempt to intimidate a Member of Congress to advance the interests of a foreign government that promotes Islamic extremism and anti-Semitism."
DLA Piper partner Ignacio E. Sanchez first emailed Bergman's office on June 5, a day after the op-ed initially appeared.
"I am reaching out...
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