Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New Russian "Blogger Law" Allows Government To Track Dissent Online

From the New York Times, news that Russia now has a new law requiring Internet speakers to "register" with the government. Writes reporter Neil MacFarquhar,

Widely known as the “bloggers law,” the new Russian measure specifies that any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will be considered a media outlet akin to a newspaper and be responsible for the accuracy of the information published.

Besides registering, bloggers can no longer remain anonymous online, and organizations that provide platforms for their work such as search engines, social networks and other forums must maintain computer records on Russian soil of everything posted over the previous six months.

The article compares the new Russian legislation with measures that other countries such as China and Turkey have recently taken to circumscribe dissent and criticism of government actions. 

More coverage of the new Russian statute here from Reuters and here from Bloomberg News.

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