Bill on pretrial blocking of online defamation reaches State Duma
MOSCOW, February 17 (RAPSI) – A bill envisaging introduction of a procedure for pretrial blocking of information resources disseminating false information, which discredits honor and dignity of a person, has been submitted to the State Duma, according to the official database of the lower house of Russia’s parliament.
The document seeks to add to the federal law on information a provision permitting to undertake measures restricting access to information resources disseminating false information, which discredits honor and dignity of a person, undermines reputation of such a person, and is related to allegations that such a person has committed a crime, the explanatory note to the bill reads.
Respective procedures are to be set in motion after the affected person submits a petition to prosecution authorities asking to remove such false information, according to the draft law.
The prosecution authorities, in turn, are to request Russia’s medial watchdog Roskomnadzor to undertake all necessary measures to remove such information; in case the media disseminating it fail to comply with the demands, the body is to restrict access to such information resources.
The authors of the initiative are State Duma lawmakers Sergey Boyarsky, Andrey Alshevskikh, and Valery Gazzayev. They believe the bill is to put in place an additional mechanism protecting citizens’ rights in the IT environment.