Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The State Duma has refused to establish a council for the protection of morals in the media.

The State Duma on January 14 rejected the bill would establish the Supreme Council for the protection of morals in the field of television and radio broadcasting in Russia. That was reported by RIA Novosti.
For the bill, only 135 deputies voted with the necessary 226 votes. The State Duma Committee on the Arts gave the conclusion that the bill introduced in the lower house of parliament in 2000, is outdated.
According to committee member Alexandra Tyagunova, these problems already, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Communications. The MPs also expressed surprise at the fact that the content of the Board of morality was to be 72 million rubles a year.
Under the bill, the council was to become a permanent state body. It had 12 people enter. It was expected that they would set requirements for the media, the sanctions for their violation, as well as deal with such administrative matters.

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