RT is squarely within the parameters of the definition of a foreign agent — and the intent of the legislation — by distributing informational materials on behalf of a foreign government. This is not about silencing speech. Even the Nazis weren’t convicted on the basis of their message, but the lack of transparency of ownership, direction, and purpose. Call it truth in advertising.
The Marshall Plan, so often cited this century, was based on Europeans developing their own capacity. The motto 'Here Helps the Marshall Plan' was intentionally not 'Courtesy of the United States' or 'of the American People.'
Start with a Department of State that strictly hews to 'traditional' diplomacy, enrich with a Secretary of State who actively undermines his boss, and then mix with a President who wants to reach foreign media and publics directly. The result is the Foreign Section of the Committee for Public Information.
There is much talk today about Internet Freedom and the Freedom of Expression. While worthy and laudable, they are myopic, misleading, and inadvertently shift supporting conversations away from the core requirements.
Bruce Gregory's periodic roundup of recent reads related to public diplomacy. It is intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, but of course all are welcome to peruse and recommend items for future lists.
The best counter to propaganda is truth and transparency, not more propaganda. Honest, unbiased facts coupled with unimpeded discussion by an informed citizenry is the most powerful weapon against the Kremlin’s disinformation that drains the future from Russia’s people and threatens Russia’s neighbors. ... This is not about Russia Today. This is about Russia’s tomorrow.