Russia is slowly shrinkings freedoms of expression on the internet, starting today if you are a blogger in Russia regulations could make blogging harder! The law requires bloggers to register as a “media entity”, which requires them to keep to the same standards as a professional media organisation.
Presidents Vladimir Putin’s new law applies to any blog that attracts more than 3,000 visitors per day. If the blogger does reach this visitor count they will have to register with the authorises. When registering with authorities the individual will get more responsibilities; all facts must be 100% true, including all past posts. They must also not use any obscene language or produce any material that could incite criticism from an online audience.
If they choose not to comply with this new law then first their blog will be blocked, they can then get a fine, which can be between 10,000 to 30,000 rubles (£166 – £498). Larger organisation could face a fine of 500,000 rubles (about £8311)
This is one of many laws the Russians have put in place in recent months, in February a law was a put in place that lets the authorities block website without an explanation.
Where will the Russians go next? Will they continue to close the gap of freedom of expression on the internet, finally ending in full censorship?