19 Apr 2019 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 18 Apr 2019 n° 35/2019 Russian Federation

Russian Draft Legislation Would Ban Distribution of Foreign Print Media Without Government Permission

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On 2 April 2019, deputies in the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, considered amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses that would levy fines on individuals and companies for distributing print media from foreign outlets without permission from Russia's state media regulator, Roskomnadzor, according to an official statement from the Duma and media reports. For the amendments to become law, they must pass two more readings in the Duma and be approved by the parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, and then signed by President Vladimir Putin. Under the proposed amendments, Roskomnadzor would have the authority to seize all print media distributed without permission and penalize companies, such as newsstands, with up to 30,000 rubles (416 €) for the unauthorized distribution of media, according to the Duma statement. Individuals who disseminate unauthorized foreign print media would face fines of up to 1,500 rubles (20 €), while fines for public officials could reach up to 3,000 (41 €), according to the Duma.
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19 Apr 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative Statement: "OSCE Media Freedom Representative concerned about amendments introducing liability for distribution of foreign print media without authorization in Russia"
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