MOSCOW — The chief editor of a Kremlin-funded satellite TV channel says the network will accede to a US demand to register as a foreign agent but also intends to challenge the order in court.
The broadcaster, RT, reported Thursday that the Department of Justice has demanded the registration be done by Monday. The Justice Department declined to comment.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Russia would retaliate, but did not elaborate.
RT editor in chief Margarita Simonyan said a failure to register could mean the arrest of the channel’s American director and the freezing of its accounts.
Simonyan said on RT’s Russian-language website that ‘‘between such consequences and registration as a foreign agent, we are forced to choose registration. Although, of course, we categorically disagree with this requirement.’’
‘‘We believe this requirement is not just contrary to the law, and we intend to prove it in court. This requirement is discriminatory, it contradicts both the principles of democracy and freedom of speech,’’ she said.