Russia Wants To Censor The Internet

from the notice-a-pattern? dept

Get the feeling that folks in Russia are a bit jealous of China's Great Firewall? Suddenly, we're seeing lots of proposals that seem to be designed to limit what folks can do online. Just recently we wrote about efforts to require WiFi users to register with the government, and now Russian prosecutors are trying to extend "anti-extremism" laws to the internet. The laws apparently forbid newspapers from publishing "extremist material," at the risk of being shut down completely. Prosecutors are hoping that an internet version of the law would require ISPs to block access to any sites that include "extremist" content. Of course, extremist content is defined rather broadly. It seems pretty clear that this is just an attempt to try to stifle speech the government doesn't like.

Filed Under: censorship, internet, russia


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    sigve, 25 Apr 2008 @ 8:24am

    ITS REAL BAD AND SAD..

    We have heard about "russian" we allways have talk about Russian like they have a bad management.. and now they prove it again.. and again.

    I know there are many russian ppl who want a website like : www.jyderup.com

    We can give them this free.. out of russia.But its not easy,cause the goverment control every thing.. and how can the buisness in russian grow serious if it like that?

    Take care and have a nice weekend

    Sigve

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