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New Law Would Expand Internet Censorship in Russia

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Click to expand Image A man checks his smartphone while waiting to board a subway in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin On November 19, a draft law was submitted to Russia’s parliament that would give authorities power to block websites that have censored Russian state media content. The bill claims these websites violate Russians’ right of access to information. According to the bill’s explanatory note, since April 2020, Russian authorities recorded at least 20 incidents in which platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube censored content from state-owned…

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