Deputy PM Khloponin urges media to leave out offenders’ nationality
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Khloponin appealed to the media saying they should stop mentioning perpetrators’ nationality when covering cases of law violation.
He stated this at the Patriot Forum at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, TASS reported.
"Whenever you turn on the TV it’s always a "Caucasus wedding" or a "Caucasus country." We cannot label criminals by their ethnicity. (...) We just will not be able to move forward unless we stop looking for a national trait in every crime”, Khloponin said.
The Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika came up with a similar proposal in 2014, and the speaker of the Moscow City Duma Vladimir Platonov advocated this back in 2007. The President Vladimir Putin backed his proposal.
In May 2016, the State Duma rejected a bill proposed by Chechen deputies, which banned any mentioning of nationality and religion of terrorists in the media. The initiative received a negative response from the Committee on Information Policy and Ethnic Affairs, but still was supported by the Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organizations. The authors of the bill claimed all the improper comparisons and expressions used in the media are only smoothing the way for terrorists.