Communications Ministry criticizes bill on punishment for insulting authorities on the Internet

Communications Ministry criticizes bill on punishment for insulting authorities on the Internet

The Ministry is dissatisfied that the terms used in the document may be interpreted too broadly.

The Ministry of Communications and Mass Media does not accept the bill on punishment for insulting the authorities on the Internet, Deputy Minister Alexey Volin told Vedomosti. The Ministry sent the government a negative assessment of the proposed amendments.

According to Volin, the terms used in the draft law may be interpreted too broadly, and there is a responsibility for profanity. The official recalled that the Russians have a constitutional right to express their opinions. “One of the purposes of state bodies is to listen to criticism of their work,“ said Volin.

The Deputy Minister also noted that the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media “is not against” restrictions on the dissemination of fake information, which poses a danger to the health of citizens, but officials are embarrassed that the rules can again be interpreted too broadly.

The State Duma Committee on Information Policy will discuss the bills mentioned above on January 14. Members of the expert committee will attend the meeting. Committee Chairman Leonid Levin emphasizes that no official conclusion will be taken on these projects on Monday.

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