The Duma or Lower House of Russia today approved amendments to the media law that allow the Russian Prosecutor’s Office without having to go through the courts to close foreign media in response to discrimination against Russian media in their countries or for “false news” about the Constitution or the Russian Army.
“The document grants the Attorney Generall (…) the right to directly ban or limit the activities in Russia of foreign media in case of detecting unfriendly actions of that foreign State against Russian media abroad”, reported the Russian legislative body.
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The law allows the Prosecutor’s Office to request the cessation of media activities for no more than three months in the event that the publication of “illegal and dangerous information, including socially significant news, that expresses obvious disrespect for society, is detected. the State and the Constitution.
In addition, they will be able to stop the work of the media in case they “discredit the Armed Forces of Russia or are linked to the imposition of sanctions by foreign States”.
After this, the Russian communications regulator, Roscomnadzor, will have to include the corresponding data in the register of media registered in Russia within 72 hours and warn the media representatives of the cessation of their activities.
In case the violation is repeated, indicated the russian dumathe next step would be a six-month shutdown.
The law provides that the media will be able to resume their activities before the established deadline if the newsroom eliminates “prohibited information.”
However, if the media repeatedly disseminate prohibited information, your registration will be declared invalid and the media will be blocked, concluded the Legislature.