The Russian government has taken a step to criminalize fake news, without properly defining it. The Washington Examiner reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation Monday that make it illegal to spread “fake news.”
The law also criminalizes the sharing of information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia.”
Prosecutors are now allowed to direct complaints viewed as insulting to the government, which can block websites from publishing the information. Publications that spread the offending information may face fines up to $23,000 and repeat offenders face up to 15 days in jail.
Opponents to the law have said it will allow the government to cut off access to social media and websites critical of the Kremlin amid public discontent.
This autocratic act shows the importance of the First Amendment, and anyone calling for its curtailment can only be in support of such policies.
The First Amendment curtailed it was considered so important by the Founding Fathers that they made it the First Amendment; however in recent years the media has abused and even tried to hide behind it. The put out a story with the Headlines in bold two inch font, “TRUMP ACCUSED OF COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA” and then somewhere down at the very bottom in 6 point font is a statement such as; “Information provided by an un-named source, who is not authorized to speak on this subject.” How about an article I read recently the headlines declaring that “FIRST LADY MELANIA TRUMP HAS A BODY DOUBLE”. The article went on to say that this double has been use on a number of occasions; once again way down at the bottom of this Breaking News was the reason for this speculation. On one occasion the First Lady was seen wearing one type of shoe getting on Air Force One and a different type of shoe when she got off at the final destination. Now I am not the President of a Country, nor for that matter the president of a major corporation but my wife must have at least fifty pairs of shoes and when we go out she usually brings a pair of comfortable shoes or sandals so she can kick off the high heels. I have seen various articles about the estimated Net Worth of the First Lady and they range from $20 to $50 Million Dollars; even if she only has half of that money I’m sure she could afford more than one pair of shoes. The media puts out this kind of crap and promotes it as Real News and then they don’t understand why we believe most if not all they put out is FAKE NEWS.
They won’t get shut down, the whole industry is in on it. Who you complain to, wont get you no place! You see what Putin is doing? I said that years ago. If they print or spread fake lying news they should pay a huge fine & get shut down! Get them where it hurts in their wallet and ratings! How dare they tell lies to the ignorant trusting people that don’t know better because they dont pay attention to the criminal activity that’s going on right under theihir noses! TheY watch cartoons NOT THE REAL NEWS! THESE LIES WILL STOP IF YOU SHUT THEM DOWN- MAKE IT A LAW PRESIDENT TRUMP- YOU KNOW JOURNALISM IS DEAD! GOD HELP OUR COUNTRY!
And NO VLAD, We’re against LIES!!!! Idiot!
It is a front door to socialism just like in the 30’s when hitler took power.