Reject the State Duma bill

In a joint letter Civil Rights Defenders and five other human rights organisations call on The Upper House of the Parliament of the Russian Federation (the Federation Council) to reject the State Duma bill, amending the federal law “on the protection of children from information detrimental to their health and development” and other legislative acts of the Russian Federation, which were passed by the State Duma in third reading on 11 July.

The clauses introduced to the Federal Law are so vague that the undersigned organisations fear they would restrict legitimate freedom of expression on the Internet. Among other, this legislation would threaten citizens’ access to information by establishing a register of blacklisted websites, effectively introducing censorship on the Russian language segment of the Internet.

Read the letter:

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Categories: Statements.
Tags: Freedom of expression.
Regions: Russia.