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Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Freedom of expression, Internet |

Today the rule went into effect that allows you to block websites in Russia

Today the rule went into effect that allows you to block websites in Russia

Censorship in the network is not something exclusive to countries like China and Iran, unfortunately, is a threat that is present in countries that claim to be democratic and fight for the freedoms of its citizens but then end up passing legislation in closable pages web or order ISPs to put them on a blacklist that prevents access. In July, chose to follow this path and, despite the protests , the parliament approved a law on something ambiguous that blocks access to websites that are identified as inappropriate to today entered into force .

Following approval in parliament in July and the ratification of the standard by President Putin, the law empowers the Russian authorities to block access nationwide to websites that are identified as inappropriate, without requiring the case goes to court and have a judge decide the appropriateness or otherwise of the contents. What purpose can have such a rule? Officially, this law will protect minors from accessing content that are related to child abuse, drugs or pornography and, once detected a website of its kind, will order all the country’s ISPs to block access.

Perhaps the goal may seem lofty but among the Russian population sectors that are quite critical of this measure as suspicious of the intentions of the Cabinet of President Putin and his tendency to control information and the media (and the pressure usually exercise more critical the press ). Assuming that they are the authorities who decide whether a site is appropriate or inappropriate, critics fear the most are locked pages that have nothing to do with the protection of children and minors and fills up blacklist of Opposition websites or any gait that is not related to the President.

It could be an attack on freedom of expression online. [...] The government could start closing any website. The websites of democratic movements are at risk of being blocked

As expected, the government defends the measure and said that this law will be used within the parameters announced that websites like Facebook and YouTube have nothing to fear, of course, if they comply with the legislation in force in Russia. Although the official line remains that the Internet is a “free territory” (in the words of Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Telecommunications), will have to miss some time to see that, really, are consistent with his speech and did not take advantage “of this power “to remove everything you do not like.

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