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Russia - Freedom of information threatened by website blacklisting and recriminalization of defamation

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The lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, yesterday approved a bill on third reading that will allow the authorities to compile a website blacklist, fuelling concern about Internet filtering and censorship. The bill will have to be passed by the upper house and ratified by President Vladimir Putin before it takes effect. The bill (Draft Law No. 89417-6), which amends the Law on Information, is intended to protect children from content regarded as particularly “harmful.” Websites (...)

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