Russia: Minister to censor online music of the youth

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Minister to censor online music of the youth

Russia’s Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev wants to stop young people from listening to music which, according to the minister, undermines traditional values and leads to cultural decay.

“They have forgotten the love of old songs, the waltzes , everything that united us, our background and our roots,” Rashid Nurgaliyev was quoted as saying at a meeting in Khabarovsk by the news agency Itar-Tass on 3 August 2011 in a sudden announcement of new amendments to the country’s Mass Media Law.

The Russian government has introduced amendments to the federal law on mass media, and from now on Internet sites may be considered on certain occasions as media.

“It is necessary to work out a set of measures for limiting the activities of certain Internet resources without encroaching on the free exchange of information. It seems to me that the time has long been ripe to carry out monitoring in the country to find out what they are listening to, what they are reading, what they are watching.”

In a country where much media is state-controlled, the Internet had been one of the last bastions of free speech. In blogs and private websites, the Russia’s 53 million Internet users have been able to freely criticize authorities in the country, as well as expose corruption and swap other information that won’t be found on state media.

National elections coming up
Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev’s statements are being interpreted as attempts to test the waters ahead of national elections.

“I believe Nurgaliyev is expressing a personal opinion about something clearly beyond his competence,” the Internet news guru Anton Nossik Nossik said: “The interior minister is certainly not appointed to take charge of youth morals, more so the complicated arena of the Internet.”




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