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BLOGGERS IN RUSSIA SHUDDER AT NEW INTERNET CENSORSHIP ENFORCEMENT

Earlier this year the Russian government has passed a law that enables to block websites and to initiate radical investigations without a judicial oversight.This manoeuvre provoked widespread and justified fears across the Russian blogosphere; especially since one of the main icons of Russian internet freedom, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, is now limiting her activism in the effort of avoiding possible consequences.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova became popular when she was arrested due to her militancy in the Pussy Riot; after being a political prisoner for almost two years, she is now involved in a new project called Zone of Rights, an NGO about which she is pretty reluctant to publicly share online information.

Tolonnikova’s behaviour is more than understandable: in the last months many are the websites that have been censored by the federal police - including, but unfortunately not limited to one of the most popular news website and prominent political blogs - just because they offered access to discussions about unsanctioned demonstrations.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Monday, 18 August 2014

(Source: Global Voices)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.