Putin Signs 'Fake News,' 'Internet Insults' Bills Into Law

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Putin Signs 'Fake News,' 'Internet Insults' Bills Into Law



Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday.

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019...e-news-internet-insults-bills-into-law-a64850
 





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Putin Signs 'Fake News,' 'Internet Insults' Bills Into Law



Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial set of bills that make it a crime to “disrespect” the state and spread “fake news” online, Russian media reported on Monday.

The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech.

The legislation will establish punishments for spreading information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019...e-news-internet-insults-bills-into-law-a64850
This concerns me about that and I'm glad the article addressed it:

"The bills amending existing information laws overwhelmingly passed both chambers of Russian parliament in less than two months. Observers and some lawmakers have criticized the legislation for its vague language and potential to stifle free speech." (emphasis mine)

However, now that the bill has passed, there's little to be done about it.