Tag "Censorship"

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

Russian Journalist Sokolov Jailed for Extremism After Calling for Referendum

A Moscow court on Thursday sentenced Russian journalist Alexander Sokolov to three and a half years in jail for extremism, in a case Sokolov described as “Orwellian.” Sokolov, who has been in custody since his arrest in 2015, and three co-defendants were found guilty of advancing the program of a radical left-wing organization called the People’s Will Army after it was banned in 2010, the RBC news agency reports. The

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ blogger to 14 years for “spreading negative information”

By Halya Coynash. for Human Rights in Ukraine A so-called military court in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has sentenced two Ukrainians to huge sentences for what it calls ‘state treason’.  Since the alleged ‘treason’ involved spreading ‘negative information’ on the Internet, it seems likely that one of the two people is Edward Nedelyaev, a prominent Luhansk blogger, seized in November 2016.  The 14- and 12-year sentences come a

United Russia Tries to Fight ‘Fake News’ (In Its Own Way)

By The Moscow Times Two State Duma deputies have introduced a proposal calling for multi-million ruble fines for publishing “false information” on social media. The amendment by two members of the majority party United Russia proposes a fine of up to five million rubles ($83,000) for individuals and up to 50 million rubles ($830,000) for large corporations, the RBC news outlet reported Wednesday, citing a copy of the text. In

Russia Might Ditch Its Failed ‘Bloggers’ Registry’

By RuNet Echo, for Global Voices Russian lawmakers in the State Duma have introduced legislation that would abolish the so-called “Bloggers’ Registry” created in 2014, which saddles popular bloggers with special regulations. According to the draft law’s explanatory note, the rules designed three years ago for bloggers have “proved to be ineffective.” In 2014, the Russian federal government enacted a law adding any blogger with a daily audience greater than

Russian Lawmakers Order Probe Of RFE/RL, VOA, And CNN

The lower house of the Russian parliament has ordered a probe into whether RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Voice of America, and CNN are in compliance with Russian laws. The move by the State Duma on March 17 comes just days after U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat-New Hampshire) introduced a bill that would empower the Justice Department to investigate possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by RT, the state-backed Russian

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