Russia has passed and implemented a new law for blacklisting websites that the government determines has illegal content which includes sites on drugs, suicide and child porn. The institution responsible for site monitoring will be the Federal Supervision Agency.
The controversial new law came into effect on November 1 under which authorities can now close sites with a wide range of topics that a court has ruled “are extremist.”
“This law can be seen as one of the elements that can, if the need arises, curb freedom of speech,” says information rights expert Ilya Rassolov. The law is the latest in a raft of restrictive bills pushed through parliament in recent months, including legislation that dramatically hikes fines on protesters, made libel a criminal offense, and forced foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations to register as “foreign agents.”
Reporters Without Borders has been critical of the Russian government’s motives in a statement for failing to “resolve the law’s contradictions and to eliminate those that pose threats to freedom.”
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