Putin vetoed the law on responsibility for quoting fakes in the media

Russian President Vladimir Putin vetoed the law passed by the State Duma and the Federation Council on expanding the responsibility of the media for disseminating false information, according to the State Duma database. The law stipulated that the media should be fully responsible for citing information, if the editor-in-chief of its original source cannot be brought to justice.

The document was returned to the State Duma on June 15. On June 16, the rejected law was submitted to the relevant State Duma committee.

The rejected law was developed by the first deputy head of the Duma committee on information policy, Sergei Boyarsky, and deputy Yevgeny Revenko (both from United Russia). Mr. Boyarsky stated that the current version of the media law allows journalists to quote non-existent publications.

This is the third time since 2012 that Vladimir Putin has used his presidential veto. In 2012, the president did not sign the law on expanding the powers of the Skolkovo innovation center, as it did not define the criteria for evaluating the effectiveness. In 2016, after criticism from parental organizations, Vladimir Putin rejected the law on a unified student registration system.

In 2002, Vladimir Putin already vetoed a law that tightened the regulation of the media. After the terrorist attack at the Theater Center on Dubrovka, the State Duma and the Federation Council adopted a law prohibiting the media from disseminating information that terrorists can use – in particular, details of the counter-terrorist operation and information about weapons manufacturing technologies. Mr Putin rejected the law following an appeal from Russian media executives. Note that the ban on publishing information about the manufacture of weapons in the media was later included in the law adopted in the third reading on June 16, 2021.

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