Monday, April 8, 2013

Russia Adopts Media Swearing Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a law making the use of obscene language by media outlets punishable by fines, the Kremlin said on Monday. The law sets fines of up to $6,300 for media outlets allowing the use of swearwords and fines of around $100 for individuals, with provisions for the confiscation of equipment. The law, which also applies to Internet-only media, was previously approved by both houses of parliament. The decision on what exactly constitutes a swearword or obscene language will be taken by linguistics experts, the Kremlin said.

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