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Roskomnadzor tells to block shows of “Innocence of Muslims” film

September 17, 2012, 22:47 UTC+3

Circulating the film in Russia would entail criminal responsibility

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MOSCOW, September 17 (Itar-Tass) —— The Federal Service for Supervision in the sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communication (Roskomnadzor) insists that communications operators, pending the court decision finding the film “Innocence of Muslims” extremist, should block access to internet users to materials related to the film, Roskomnadzor press service reported on Monday.

Roskomnadzor also recommends to founders and chief editors of printed or online publications to prevent placing on the pages of their publications references to the addresses of internet resources that circulate sequences of the anti-Islam film or the entire film “Innocence of Muslims” and also to prevent the appearance of the film’s sequences on their pages. “If the requirements of laws of the Russian Federation to organizations and editorial offices on opposing extremist activities are not met, this will entail measures not stopping at suspension of their activities,” the federal service warned.

Roskomnadzor reminds to communications operators and members of the journalist community that under laws of the Russian Federation circulation of extremist materials amounts to extremist activity that entails responsibility.

The Prosecutor-General Office of the Russian Federation on Monday warned providers of impermissibility of distributing in Russia the film “Innocence of Muslims” and brought an action on finding the film extremist. Circulating the film in Russia would entail criminal responsibility.

“The Prosecutor-General Office of the Russian Federation made a check in connection with the placing in the World Wide Web of the film insulting religious feelings of the religious and inciting ethnic hate,” said Marina Gridneva, the spokesperson of the Russian Prosecutor-General Office.


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