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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Minister Blasts Media Bill

Press and Information Minister Mikhail Fedotov on Wednesday criticized sharply parliament's effort to establish media councils to monitor the content of state-run television and radio but said he was confident that President Boris Yeltsin would veto the legislation.

Fedotov said the measure, passed last week, would give the councils, created by the parliament, "the right to appoint and dismiss" media chiefs and could lead to censorship.

The heads of Russia's major television companies on Monday expressed their concern over the draft law and requested that Yeltsin protect them by vetoing the measure.

Fedotov expressed assurance that the president would not sign the document and will "avail himself of his lawful right to veto" the bill.