The State Duma adopted in the third reading the law on the so-called “fake web news”, according to which Roskomnadzor will be able to immediately block the sites that distribute them. Deputies also voted in the third reading the law on the punishment of contempt. On Thursday, March 7, according to the website of the state Duma.
According to the law, the reliability of information disseminated will determine the attorney General. If information is found to be inaccurate, the Prosecutor’s office may request from Roskomnadzor to block immediately published it online. Online publications will also be given the opportunity to “immediately” remove the news.
From-under actions of the law displayed by the news aggregators, as well as “traditional media”, under which lawmakers understand the media having “either a license or a certificate”. For the distribution of fakes is subject to administrative punishment. For the law voted by the deputies of “United Russia”. All the opposition factions voted against.
A separate law on Thursday, March 7, the state Duma introduced a penalty for contempt. The lower chamber of the Parliament adopted in the third reading the law on the punishment for publishing “information [ … ] which offends human dignity and public morality,” contains a “clear disrespect” to the society, the state, the state symbols, the Constitution or bodies exercising state authority.”
Publish such posts will be treated as disorderly conduct. For the first such publication within a year face fines of 30-100 thousand rubles, the second — a fine of 100-200 thousand rubles, or arrest for up to 15 days, later times — a fine of 200-300 thousand rubles, or arrest. Roskomnadzor will require site owners to remove information during the day, in case of failure of the website may be blocked.