Major threat to news coverage from law “protecting minors” online

first_imgNews RussiaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the confusion resulting from a new law intended to protect minors from “harmful” content, which takes effect today. Approved by the Duma in July, it allows the authorities to compile a website blacklist.”The law’s vagueness and inconsistencies render its repressive provisions even more threatening and are encouraging journalists to censor themselves,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The vague definition of ‘harmful content’ leaves too much room for interpretation and increases the probability of overblocking. How are the media to cover natural disasters, wars and sex crimes with these constraints?”As defined, the requirement to put age ban labels on content is absurd and dangerous. On the grounds of protecting minors, this law is likely to place serious obstacles on the media’s ability to provide the public with general news coverage. We urge parliament to clarify this law and to strike out those provisions that violate the constitution and international agreements that Russia has ratified.” The law’s imprecisions and contradictions have forced officials to provide explanations but unfortunately the explanations have also been contradictory. Questions are currently focusing on the nature of the content that is banned for minors. Under the final version of the law, the media are supposed to prevent children from seeing content that contains violence, sex or rude words and content that encourages them to smoke or drink alcohol. To this end, every offending story, video or photo will have to be labelled “banned for minors under the age of” 6, 12, 16 or 18.Successive comments by Vladimir Pikov, the spokesman of Roskomnadzor (the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications), on 29 August were not reassuring.Pikov said all online media except news agencies were required to put age ban labels on their content but print media that cover politics and current affairs were not. Each individual article or item was supposed to be labelled, but “if that proves too complicated, the entire website must be labelled. “Media that are exempt from labelling are free to adopt it on their own initiative, if they want to,” he added.The Russian media are split between those that are panicking about the new provisions and those that are just perplexed. To avoid any risk, many online media representatives have decided they may have to label their entire site as “banned to those under the age of 18” even if this could have a big impact on their readership and could result in their site being blocked by some Internet Service Providers, public WiFi networks and public institutions such as schools.The independent newspaper Kommersant’s lawyers say its entire website will be labelled “banned to those under the age of 16” from today onwards. Although news agencies are supposed to be exempt, Interfax has already decidedto label its website “only for adults.” The fear has spread to the traditional media. Alexei Venediktov, editor in chief of the independent radio station Echo of Moscow, announced on Twitter on 28 August that he is temporarily suspending “For adults, about adults,” a programme that has been hosted since 2004 by the lawyer and family psychologist Mikhail Labkovski.Lev Makarov, the CEO of the TV station 2×2, even announced that violent sequences would be removed from series such as “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” and that these series would henceforth only be broadcast after 11 pm. At same time, producers have protested that characters who smoke would be censored from very popular Soviet cartoons, while the media are abuzz with rumours about lists of words or bodily postures that could be banned from the screen.Some journalists have complained that foreign news websites, to which the law does not apply, will have an unfair commercial advantage.In response to all the concerns being voiced by journalists, Roskomnadzor has promised that the law will be phased in gradually and that any initial problems will be resolved through consultation with the media concerned. News RussiaEurope – Central Asia News September 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Major threat to news coverage from law “protecting minors” online News Follow the news on Russia to go further Organisation center_img May 5, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

OPD: Man shoots gun five times at vehicle full of people

first_imgLocal NewsLaw Enforcement WhatsApp Previous articleMATTER OF RECORD: Dec. 20 through Jan. 3Next article012919_OHS_Permian_Girls_25 Digital AIM Web Support Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 TAGS  Facebook Facebookcenter_img Robert Barr A man fired a handgun five times and one shot put a hole through a passenger front door occupied by five people in central Odessa, an Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed. Robert Barr, 71, was charged Thursday with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, each a second-degree felony. The shots fired call happened at 9:53 a.m. at 2737 Keystone Drive, the affidavit stated. Barr left the scene in a blue Ford Mustang and was located and arrested at the 2500 block of Grandview Avenue. Barr’s neighbor, Cynthia Thornhill, told officers she heard two gunshots. Thornhill looked outside, saw Barr pointing a handgun toward the roadway and he fired three more times, the affidavit stated. Alma Olivas called and reported she was driving down the 2700 block of Keystone Drive when Barr started shooting toward the roadway and her white 2006 GMC Yukon was struck on the passenger front door. There were five people in the Yukon, the affidavit detailed. Barr was charged, arrested and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has five bonds totaling $375,000 and was still in custody as of Friday afternoon, jail records show. Pinterest Twitter OPD: Man shoots gun five times at vehicle full of people WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more