'We expected this to happen. The legislation is so vague. [...] This is just the beginning" - Galina Arapova on the blocking of major news websites in Ulyanovsk region

posted 27 Jun 2013, 01:47 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jun 2013, 01:51 ]
"We expected this to happen. The legislation is so vague and lacks any technical regulation. In my view, these prosecutors just wanted to show that they are working with the new legislation. They were too lazy to do anything else but make a search for keywords, such as 'bribe' or 'corruption' and just block all the websites that the search yielded. This is just the beginning. We will soon see how many regions will start applying all instruments of the law while the government in Moscow asks them to report on the results."

- Galina Arapova, director of the Media Rights Сentre, Voronezh, commenting on the blocking of the websites of Gazeta.ru and Komsomolskaya pravda in Ulyanovsk region.

Source: Ivan Nechepurenko, 'Blockage of Major News Websites Raises Censorship Fears,' The Moscow Times, 26 June 2013