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Politicians face personal fines for ignoring reporter’s enquiries

Published time: April 14, 2014 09:10
RIA Novosti / Aleksey Philippov

RIA Novosti / Aleksey Philippov

A majority party MP is suggesting amendments to the Russian law on mass media, making it obligatory for civil servants and all politicians to reply to journalists’ queries under threat of fines.

Ilya Kostunov of United Russia submitted a draft detailing his proposal to the State Duma on Monday. He suggests new norms for the Russian Administrative Code, making official journalists’ enquiries equal to those of parliamentarians. Failure to reply in time would be punishable by fines of between 1,000 and 2,000 rubles ($27-$55).

The draft law applies to representative of federal and municipal bodies of power, various public organizations and unions.

Everyone wants the mass media to deliver accurate and timely information about the work of state instances and public organizations. But journalists have to get this information from somewhere in the first place. The current law gives officials and politicians seven days for replying a reporter’s official enquiry, but it orders no punishment for exceeding this term or ignoring the questions completely,” Kostunov told the mass circulation daily Izvestia.

He added that the questions must be sent by mail, email, or even simply verbally. Russian law has allowed official document exchanges via email since 2005. The draft orders the mass media to add an email address for replies to every question.

The secretary of Russia’s Union of Journalists, Mikhail Fedotov, praised the initiative, saying the suggested amendments could be a real revolution with only one condition – the law must make official information requests possible for individual reporters, not only for mass media outlets as organizations.

Comments (15)

 

Steven Nodlehs 17.04.2014 09:21

gnonannon 15.04.2014 06:40


I realize russia prefers a weak, incompetent Obama to a strong, hard nosed Bush. As a friend of Americans, I happen to feel differently. After all, Bush was more willing to cooperate with Russia. Since then, the trust has been eroded.

  


Well Bush still had Muslims to kill for his false flags and Obama has to look weak so the next president can bomb even more civilians.

Since WWII America has killed more people in wars than the number that died in WWII.

It's become obvious where all those missing Nazis ended up - Washington

 

Steven Nodlehs 17.04.2014 09:16

Freesaxon 15.04.2014 12:47

If this was made law in the West there wouldn't be a politcian left

  


I think everybody has had the same thought.

I really admire Putin and the Russian set up - if the UK and the rest of the west had this new law we would have the world's largest number of new journalists coupled with the smallest number of MP's overnight.

 

Freesaxon 15.04.2014 12:47

If this was made law in the West there wouldn't be a politcian left

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