Russia: New Legislation Against Online Extremism

Russian government submitted a new anti-extremism legislation for approval to the Russian Parliament.  News agency ITAR-TASS reports that according to the news legislation, distribution of extremist content online can be punished with 5 years in jail. Vzglyad website explains the legislation treates the publication of content in blogs as public distribution and makes the status of blogs similar to status of mass media.

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  • […] Russia: New legislation against online extremism The Global Voices RuNet Echo project highlights reports that the Russian Duma is considering new legislation that would punish the online distribution of extremist content with up to five years in prison. The legislation would bring requirements of online distribution channels such as blogs in line with those imposed on the mainstream media. […]

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