According to the Deputy Speaker of the Duma Boris Chernyshov, the proposal to ban the mention of the nationality of criminals in the press is pressure on the media. The head of Chechnya noted earlier that he had not heard balanced comments against the bill
The Vice-Speaker of the State Duma from the Liberal Democratic Party Boris Chernyshov said on Tuesday evening that the idea of banning the mention of the nationality of criminals in the press is pressure on Mass media and can influence the objectivity of information presentation.
“ People in any country in the world have the right, when reading an article about a crime, to know the nationality of the offender. It doesn't matter & mdash; Russian it will be, Tajik, Chechen, Belarusian, Dagestani, African American, someone else '', & mdash; Chernyshov wrote on Facebook.
In his opinion, a journalist is obliged to be objective and has no right to hide such things from the audience. “ Journalists are required to report on events openly and honestly. I am deeply convinced that it is impossible to put such pressure on the media '', & mdash; Chernyshov added, noting that “ the journalist will find an opportunity to inform the public of what nationality the criminal is. '' “ It is not even necessary to indicate the last name for this, photographs will be enough, '' & mdash; he concluded.
First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education, Deputy from Fair Russia; Yana Lantratova said on Tuesday that “ manifestations of interethnic hatred on the Internet are evidence of a problem that requires broad discussion, '' noting that she understands well her colleagues from Chechnya.
“ We will achieve little with a simple prohibition in this case. Censorship in Russia is prohibited by law, but by introducing partial restrictions, forbidding to indicate the nationality of criminals, we are essentially carrying out an act of censorship. Because in order to keep the nationality and race of criminals a secret, it will also be necessary to ban the publication of their names and surnames. It will be necessary to prohibit making videos with them and posting photographs. Therefore, before taking such drastic measures, we should carefully weigh all the possible consequences. And the discussion of this topic should be conducted jointly with representatives of the journalistic community '', '' mdash; she concluded.
Bans or restrictions on the media are toxic to any society and state, Lantratova said.
Earlier, the head of the United Editorial Office of RBC, Pyotr Kanaev, wrote on Facebook that RBC would give a legal assessment to the bill banning the indication of the nationality of criminals. According to Kanaev, the initiative for an additional ban on the mention of the nationalities of criminals in order to preserve “ interethnic and interfaith harmony and peace '' redundant, since the law on mass media already prohibits the dissemination of defamatory information on ethnic grounds, and the Constitution prohibits inciting ethnic hatred.
“ I also want international and interfaith peace. But I think that the strategy of hushing up hinders the pursuit of this goal, and does not help. Deal with the situation in detail & mdash; it is the responsibility of the journalist. This is a signal for the state and society that this is impossible, it is necessary to take measures, fix it, try not to allow it anymore, '', & mdash; Kanaev emphasized.
The list of things that cannot be mentioned in the media, in principle, or can be “ only in some crooked Aesopian language with a bunch of disclaimers, is growing at a frantic pace, '' & mdash; Lenta.ru editor-in-chief Vladimir Todorov said on Tuesday. The ban on mentioning the nationality of the criminals was also opposed by Vladimir Dergachev, editor-in-chief of the Internet editorial office of RTVI. Andrey Tsyper, media executive at Rambler & amp; Co, said on Facebook that “ awareness '' it is also the right conclusions about where it is worth increasing the attention of society and the work of the state. ''
At the end of November, the Chechen parliament at the end of November submitted to the State Duma a bill prohibiting the dissemination of information about the nationality, religion and belonging to the peoples of Russia of persons involved in the commission of a crime. The ban must be introduced in order to preserve “ interethnic and interfaith harmony and peace '' on the territory of Russia, the explanatory note says.
In early November, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan argued over whether the nationality of the suspects should be indicated. The reason was the incident in New Moscow. The conflict took place between a man who was with a child at that moment and a group of four natives of the Transcaucasus. Kadyrov then said that the media deliberately focus on the nationality of the suspects when those Caucasians, while in other cases they omit the nationality.
Kadyrov also stressed that he had not heard or read a single “ intelligible, reasoned, a balanced and convincing commentary against this bill, which meets the principles of the national policy of the Russian Federation. ''
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