Russian media watchdog warns six outlets over religious-themed cartoons
MOSCOW, January 26 (RAPSI) - The Russian telecommunications authority, Roskomnadzor, has issued a warning to six national outlets, including RBC daily newspaper, for publishing religious-themed cartoons, RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing press service. of the authority.
Aside from RBC, the agency issued a warning to the editorial offices and founders of the Vek online newspaper, VK Press information agency, InterNovosti.RU online media outlet, Lenizdat.Ru and www.kurier-media.ru. Previously, Roskomnadzor warned the Respublika portal (http://www.respublika-kaz.info/) over a religion-related cartoon.
It is the first warning for RBC this year, according to a spokesperson for Roskomnadzor. According to the law, a second warning could result in license revocation.
RBC representative later issued a statement that the media was reprimanded for using a photo of stacked issues of Cjarlie Hebdo magazine. The RBC rep added that the photo did not depict the infamous cartoons over which the French magazine was attacked.
Earlier this month, the agency recommended that federal and regional media outlets refrain from publishing cartoons and caricatures about religion. The agency stressed that it is closely monitoring all Russian media and will continue to warn outlets that violate Russian law.