Instead of immediate closure of the editorial office, the deputies proposed to suspend the activities of journalists
approved on Wednesday by the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications of the State Duma. Now the media that allowed the publication of fakes about the Russian army will have the “right to make a mistake” – they will not immediately lose their license.
At first, the “fined” media are waiting for the suspension of their activities. The request to suspend activities may be issued by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation or his deputies for a period not exceeding three months. The demand is immediately sent to the federal executive body exercising the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, mass communications, information technologies and communications. However, if it was a repeated violation, the period will be no more than 6 months.
The federal executive body exercising the functions of control and supervision in the field of mass media, after receiving the request to suspend activities, enters into the register no later than 24 hours registered mass media, the corresponding entry and notifies the founder, editorial office or organization producing the mass media about this.
During the period of suspension of activities, the editorial office, editor-in-chief, journalist, publisher and distributor of mass media products are not entitled to carry out professional activities.
The activities of the media may be resumed by decision of the federal executive body exercising the functions of control and supervision in sphere of mass media in case of termination of dissemination of information prohibited by law.
During the discussion, representatives of the industry had a question, what should journalists from the media, whose activities have been suspended for at least three months, live on? Will they not be able to work as a journalist anywhere?
Ekaterina Larina, Director of the Department for the Development of Mass Communications and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Digital Development, said: “During the suspension of the license, the status of their accreditation is also suspended. This means that journalists will not be able, using accreditation, to work for another publication.” This did not add clarity.
According to the head of the Information Policy Committee Alexander Khinshtein, it is expected that the bill will be adopted in the third final reading on Thursday, June 30.