Eshoo Applauds Bipartisan FCC Vote to Adopt Rule to Combat Russian Propaganda After Four Year Effort

April 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) released the following statement in response to the FCC’s announcement of a rule requiring the identification of foreign government-sponsored broadcast TV and radio content:

“The American people have a right to know when a foreign adversary is buying up time on airwaves owned by the American public to broadcast anti-American propaganda. We know for a fact that Russian state-sponsored media outlets RT and Sputnik meddled in our 2016 elections and have continued to undermine trust in our democracy ever since,” said Rep. Eshoo. “I welcome the FCC’s decision to finalize a rule to defend our democracy and protect American airwaves.”

Rep. Eshoo has written to the FCC eight times since 2017, urging the agency to apply stronger broadcast transparency requirements to state-sponsored media entities, such as Russian government-operated outlets Radio Sputnik and RT. Eshoo first wrote to the FCC on this issue on May 3, 2017. Her correspondence with the FCC can be found HERE.