Roskomnadzor blocks Yaroslavl media that refused to delete news on Putin
On March 31 and April 1, a few Yaroslavl media published the news on graffiti painted on pillars of a building of the regional MIA.
Roskomnadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media) has placed a Yaroslavl-based media Yarkub on the register of the prohibited web sites. The censorship body came to the decision about the blocking on April 9. Link to the media’s news on an attempt of suicide that had allegedly been committed by a teenager who had suffered autism was placed on the register, too, reports MediaZona.
Yarkub Telegram channel says that on April 10, the editors office received notification from Roskomnadzor’s hosting service on restrictive measures. The media’s representatives state they had never received any warnings from Roskomnadzor.
“After the notification was received, we turned to a Yaroslavl-based branch of Roskomnadzor, but they told us they don’t deal with blocking issues there. Thereafter, we had to send a letter to the central office of the censorship body with the request to give us documents specifying the reasons that would allow to restrict access to the web site. But we haven’t received the reply, yet,” editor of Yarkub Marina Sedneva told Znak.com. “We haven’t seen any ground for blocking, so far. It’s hard to say if this has any explanation. However, it’s alarming to think that Roskomnadzor picks at us and looks for a reason out of revenge for out position related to the article on the graffiti about Putin on the walls of office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
On March 31 and April 1, a few Yaroslavl media published the news on graffiti painted on pillars of a building of the regional MIA. Unknown party wrote 2 words painted in blue, having called a person under the last name of Putin a representative of nonstandard sexual orientation. Soon after, the reporters started receiving letters and calls from Roskomnadzor with demands to delete the news on this topic. With that, the Federal Service did not provide any legal basis for it.
At least 5 Yaroslavl media deleted the news on the graffiti. Yarkub, 76.ru and Komsomolskaya pravda-Yaroslavl refused to ‘kill’ their articles on the topic on principle.
TJournal - with reference to its source - reported that in this situation, the Prosecutor-General’s Office “enforced the law on disrespect for authority for the first time.” However, later, this information was denied by the media office of Znak.com.
Media relations officer of Roskomnadzor Vadim Ampelonsky reported that Roskomnadzor “is carrying out prophylactic work with the media” due to coming of the law on disrespect for authority into force. Roskomnadzor clarified that it is necessary for “developing enforcement devices in order to stop spreading of illegal information and not to bring the media to justice.”