Tag "Censorship"

In Russia, individuals can now be branded ‘foreign agents’

By RuNet Echo, for Global Voices Today, Russia’s State Duma passed the third and final reading of a new bill expanding the scope of the country’s controversial “foreign agent” law. The first iteration of the law appeared in 2012, and introduced the term “foreign agent” to refer to NGOs which receive foreign funding. It’s a loaded term in Russian, with strong associations with espionage. In November 2017, mass media organisations

Fake: West Preparing for Full Internet Censorship

The European Union and the United States are preparing to launch full censorship of the internet Russian RT reported earlier this month.  The publication argues that a recent report presented by the British policy institute Chatham House calls for total control of the virtual information sphere in the United States and the European Union. RT cites Russian media experts who claim that the West wants to control the internet to

Beyond censorship: Kremlin using another means to impose ideological control

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia Preventing the publication of something or suppressing it after it has been published are all too familiar forms of censorship and the imposition of ideological control in Putin’s Russia. But there are other means as well, including forcing the reorganization of research staffs and the forced firing of critics of the regime. An example of this more insidious form of repression is occuring at Moscow’s

Disinformation and censorship: Two sides of the same coin in Russia

By EU vs Disinfo A scandal has hit Russia’s media environment following last week’s public exposure of censorship at one of the country’s leading privately owned daily newspapers, Kommersant. Events escalated when two journalists were forced to resign after they had authored an article which relayed inside information about upcoming reshuffles in the top of Russia’s most powerful political circles. Censorship is not a problem which is isolated to Russia.

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

By Christopher Moldes, for Global Voices A 2017 law regulating online activity and anonymous speech went into effect in Russia at the beginning of this month. The law “on information and information technology” stipulates what content search providers are legally allowed to show. Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor, known as the “censorship ministry”) already maintains a registry of banned websites, created in 2012. The list of banned sites range

Law Tightening Internet Restrictions Comes Into Force In Russia

By RFE/RL A controversial law tightening restrictions on the Internet comes in force in Russia on November 1, months ahead of a March 2018 election that is widely expected to hand President Vladimir Putin a new six-year term. The law signed by Putin on July 29 prohibits the use of Internet proxy services including virtual private networks (VPNs). The law was promoted by lawmakers who said it was needed to

New Laboratory for Russia’s Internet Censors

By Coda Staff Russia’s internet censor is building its own digital laboratory to test and develop its own methods for blocking websites and other online activity, according to Izvestia. A new subdivision of the communications watchdog, Roskomnadzor, will run the laboratory, as well as organize online exercise drills to prepare staff to enforce new internet regulations coming into force next month. A key concern is to find ways to block internet

The Kremlin’s Internet Master Bears Down

A previously obscure Russian oversight body has been turned into the government’s chief cyberspace censor By Daria Litvinova, for Codastory It was impossible for the Russian media not to cover the hour-long rap battle between Oxxximiron and Gnoiny, two cutting-edge rappers carving out new avenues of street argot. Within a day of being posted on August 13, a slickly-filmed video of the clash had already received more than eight million

Political censorship in Russian comedy shows

By EU vs Disinfo Satire and comedy are universal ways of overcoming tensions in any society. Kings and queens have always had to live with being made fun of – they might even have learned something from seeing themselves and their power mirrored in the jokes of their fools and jesters. In modern Russia, however, it’s a different story. The whistle blower The fact that certain issues are not supposed to

It turns out that a simple hyperlink is enough to trigger Russia’s ban on ‘undesirable organizations’

By Meduza Police are investigating the analytical “Sova” Center and its director Alexander Verkhovsky for violations of Russia’s law on “undesirable organizations.” According to “Sova,” officials say it committed this misdemeanor offense by including in its website’s “About Us” section hyperlinks to the Soros Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy (two organizations recognized by the Russian government as “undesirable”). State prosecutors told “Sova” that the hyperlinks constitute the dissemination

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