Russian MP drafts bill on curtailing negative information on TV
MOSCOW, December 11 - RAPSI. State Duma lawmaker and A Just Russia Party member Oleg Mikheyev has put forward a law to limit the volume of negative information in the media, for instance, news on disasters or terrorist acts, to 30 percent and punishing the violation of this by an imprisonment term of up to six years, Izvestia daily reported on Tuesday.
The newspaper reported that the MP had drafted a bill entitled "On Protecting the Population from Information," which stipulates that heads of TV channels and journalists must not spend more than 30 percent of the total air time on negative information."
It also proposes to ban outright any scenes of violence or brutality, or "physiological details from disaster and terrorist act sites."
"The bill's main requirement is to protect people from negative information in the media, rather than to impose censorship. The population should be informed of events without savoring the bloody details," Mikheyev said.
The sponsor of the bill has proposed stipulating an imprisonment term of two to six years for violating the standards of the bill, according to the drafted amendments to the Criminal Code.
The daily reported that the bill will be going through the approval process at the relevant ministries and Duma committees within a month.