The law on stricter responsibility for citing false information from other media outlets was rejected by Vladimir Putin because he had questions about “some parts of this law,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to him, the President’s questions related to the provisions on the release of the media from liability. Mr. Peskov did not say what the president’s position is and what he disagrees with.
“This is due to the fact that the President has questions about some parts of this law – in particular, to the parts that deal with the release of liability. Therefore, the president considered it necessary to return, and this law will be finalized in the fall, ”said Mr. Peskov during a press call in response to a question from Kommersant FM about the reasons for the veto. Note that on the eve of the seventh convocation the State Duma held its last meeting.
The law, passed by the Federal Assembly and returned by the President to the State Duma, changed the criteria by which the media are exempted from liability for disseminating false information. Now the media are exempt from responsibility if the primary media can be identified and punished. The amendments proposed to release from liability only if it is possible to establish and prosecute the editor-in-chief personally. The co-author of the law, the first deputy head of the Duma committee on information policy, Sergei Boyarsky, said that current legislation allows publications to cite non-existent media.
Vladimir Putin exercised his presidential veto for the first time in five years. In 2016, he rejected a law on a unified student registration system after it was criticized by parent organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Putin rejected the law in 2012: then he did not sign the amendments to the law on the Skolkovo innovation center, as it did not define criteria for assessing efficiency.