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Russian Politician Proposes to Jail Journalists for Violence on TV
12.12.2012 10:31
Russian Politician Proposes to Jail Journalists for Violence on TV

A Fair Russia fraction MP has proposed a bill that is expected to decrease negative content on Russian TV and to protect people from harmful information.

      The draft law defines what is acceptable and what should be kept away from viewer’s eyes. Journalists should inform people rather than show explicit bloody details in news, and all negative content on a channel mustn't be over 30 % of air time. Heads of TV channels and journalists who violate the law would face up to six years behind bars.

      The draft's author insists it has nothing to deal with censorship and only supposed to protect Russian people.

      The initiative was supported by the ruling United Russia Party, which is currently preparing its own – “more specific” – version of the bill. The other fractions haven't given their opinion on the subject yet.

      Meanwhile, journalists have criticized the idea, which may eventually lead to “total censorship” in the media.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian television Russian politics Russian media Censorship in Russia  

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