Bill Imposing Fines for Curse Words in Media Passes 2nd Reading
- The Moscow Times
- Mar. 18 2013 00:00
- Last edited 18:42
TheáState Duma passed ináits second reading onáFriday legislation that seeks toáimpose fines foráthe use ofácurse words inámass media.
The bill, introduced byáUnited Russia deputies, calls foráa fine ofábetween 2,000 andá3,000 rubles ($100) foráindividuals, 5,000 toá20,000 rubles forácivil servants andáfrom 20,000 toá200,000 rubles forálegal entities forá"the preparation or distribution ofámass media information containing curse words," Gazeta.ru reported.
In comments onáthe legislation, theáDuma's Committee onáConstitutional Legislation andáState Building said, "In today's society, theáproblem ofáfoul language ináareas that aáwide range ofácitizens are exposed toáand that have aáhigh degree ofáinfluence onápublic opinion andámorality is drawing more andámore attention toáitself," hence theáneed toáprotect against "immoral information systems," Interfax reported.á
The bill was passed ináits first reading inámid-January. It is unclear what words would be considered obscene under theálaw andáwhether aálist ofáspecific curse words would be created.
United Russia Deputy Dmitry Vyatkin said ináJanuary that experts andáscholars would determine which words must be censored.á