Bills of fake-news and insulting the authorities have passed in the Duma the first reading

Bills of fake-news and insulting the authorities have passed in the Duma the first reading

Moscow. 24 Jan. INTERFAX.RU — the state Duma on Thursday passed in the first reading a package of bills on the fake news, in particular, fines of up to 1 million rubles for the dissemination in the media and on the Internet knowingly false information endangering the health of citizens and mass violations of public order.

According to the first of the projects in media law proposes to introduce a norm that “it is prohibited to disseminate in mass media and in information-telecommunication networks of false public interest information disseminated under the guise of reliable reports which endangers the life and health of citizens, mass violations of public order and public safety, termination of functioning of critical infrastructure, transport or social infrastructure, the onset of other grave consequences”.

The bill in this package of initiatives provides that for violation of this prohibition will face an administrative fine for citizens in amount from three to five thousand rubles; for officials — from 30 to 50 thousand rubles; for legal entities — from 400 thousand to 1 million rubles with confiscation subject of an administrative offense.

In addition, the law “On information, information technologies and protection of information” is proposed to introduce a norm, according to which in case of detection in it is information-telecommunication networks, including network “Internet” such as false of information of public interest the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation or his deputies appeal to Roskomnadzor with the requirement to adopt measures to restrict access to information resources, distributing such information.

Bills initiated by a group of parliamentarians, including senators Andrew Clisham and Lyudmila Bokova, and the Deputy of the state Duma Vladimir Vyatkin.

The Russian government has provided positive feedback on these bills.