Staff - Help - Contact Search:
other comparisons




Species






Free Fire






Stendhal Syndrome






Ghost in the Shell




Russia Issues New Law For Internet Censorship

For the Protection of Children (or the Government)

It's no secret that Russia has some political problems. Now, the government tries to influence the internet by adding some aspects to the Russian "Act of Information" which allows to filter or even deactivate sites altogether. The (official) reason behind this is that they want to protect the innocence of the children and therefore ban sites showing child pornography or instructions for suicide (Russia has an extremely high suicide rate among teenagers).

Yuri Vdovin, an official from a Russian human rights organisation has a sceptical perception towards the whole process and told The Escapist:

"Of course there are websites that should not be accessible to children, but I don't think it will be limited to that, [...] The government will start closing other sites - any democracy-oriented sites are at risk of being taken offline. [...] There are lots of harmful websites out there already, for example, fascist sites - and they could have easily been closed down by now - but no, [the government] doesn't care, there are no attempts to do so."

The black list of evil websites isn't handled by elected persons so a misuse of this authority is quite possible. However, the Russian minister for telecommunications, Nikolai Nikiforov, said that such allegations are unreasonable since they don't want to enforce censorship but simply take out those site that don't respect the Russian laws.

Still, as the German site netzpolitik.org reports, the censorship possibilities are enormous. According to them, the Russian intelligence agency FSB can gain access to data about the users of such critical sites much easier. And it's doubtful whether it's their task to care about the suicidal tendencies of teenagers. Many critics of the Russian government are confident that the real motivation of this law isn't youth protection but to cement the current power relations. This is in line with statements of the officials of the agency in charge of the tasks this law introduces, which say that they expect that it will be used for other purposes, as well (e.g. damaging unpleasant competitioners). One official even said to the German TV channel ZDF that this is not a problem since it's already the case in the offline world. Well, then...

Release: Nov 03, 2012 - Author: Jim - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: The Escapist

The Latest News

Sep 21, 2017 Superman (1978) Extended Cut About to Be Released (3-Hour TV Version on Blu-ray in the US)

Sep 21, 2017 Web of the Spider on Blu-ray in the US (US Theatrical Version & Italian Version on Board)

Sep 16, 2017 It (2017) Supposed to Get Director's Cut (15 Additional Minutes Announced for Home Theater)

Sep 16, 2017 The Hitman's Bodyguard Censored in Russia (Gary Oldman Character with Altered Citizenship)

Sep 12, 2017 Silent Night, Deadly Night BD by Scream Factory (Unrated & Theatrical Version 4K Remastered )

Sep 06, 2017 The Hidden in HD (Blu-ray About to Be Released in the US)

Sep 06, 2017 Slaughter High Blu-ray in the US (Lionsgate Will Release Horror Film with C. Munro)

Sep 06, 2017 Demon Wind on Blu-ray in the US (Horror Film Premiers Uncut in HD)

Sep 06, 2017 Lucio Fulci's The Devil's Honey on Blu-ray (Severin Film Release Will Be Uncut)

Aug 21, 2017 Dreamgirls Director's Cut Finally on Blu-ray (Extended Version to Be Released in October)

comments powered by Disqus




Terms of Use - Contact - ADMIN