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Media Swearing Bill Signed into Law
9.04.2013 10:38
Media Swearing Bill Signed into Law

On Monday Russian president signed a law making the use of obscene language by media outlets punishable by fines.

      The law sets fines of up to $6,300 for media outlets allowing the use of swearwords and fines of around $100 for individuals, with provisions for the confiscation of equipment. The law concerns TV and radio shows, all newspapers and magazines or any other published and Internet media.

      The official list of what can be considered a swearword or obscene language will be made by linguistics experts, the Kremlin said. The punishment will be enforced only if an obscene word or phrase wasn't concealed in full. If the filthy language was only partially concealed, the experts will consider if it was the breach of the law or not.

      Russian officials say the law is mainly expected to protect children from the harmful information. “Our children must be protected from the flow of coarse language that comes from the media,” a deputee from the ruling parliamentary faction said.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian law Russian language Russian media Russian press  

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