Russia may start fining media for fake news

Russia may start fining media for fake news

Ordinary citizens will be fined 3 to 5 thousand rubles ($76), officials 30 to 50 thousand rubles ($761), and legal entities 400 thousand to 1 million rubles ($15.200).

Dmitry Vyatkin, a State Duma deputy from United Russia, as well as senators Andrei Klishas and Lyudmila Bokova proposed fining media for spreading fake news that pose a threat to people’s lives and health, public order and security and may cause grave implications. As stated in the document published on the website of the legislative support system, the dissemination of inaccurate news is punished with a fine. Ordinary citizens will be fined 3 to 5 thousand rubles ($76), officials 30 to 50 thousand rubles ($761), and legal entities 400 thousand to 1 million rubles ($15.200) with confiscation of the subject of the administrative offense.

The explanatory note to the draft law does not specify what exactly the parliamentarians mean by “the subject of the administrative offense”.

Vyatkin, Klishas and Bokova propose amendments to the federal law “On Mass Media” and “On Information”, as well as Art. 13.15 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.

 “Understanding the negative aspects of the dissemination of false information prompts the state institutions of many countries to search for tools to prevent it. For example, the European Commission is developing a European strategy to counter online disinformation. The initiative supports the policy of ensuring information security and protecting the legal rights of individuals and society in the information sphere while respecting the right to freedom of information,” the parliamentarians explain.

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