How will libel be monitored after the law prohibiting it

Practice has shown that the measure relating to libel has been wrongly taken. Now any defamer could abuse and defame anyone with almost impunity, including with the help of the media and the internet. Therefore, libel has recently been criminalized again. However, it is not punished by imprisonment, but for it will have to pay large fines, the amount of which, depending on the gravity of the offence, can reach 5 million rubles.

At the same time, amendments to existing legislation regarding the creation of a registry of prohibited Internet sites were approved. According to these amendments, Russia will create an automated information system (a single register of domain names, network addresses of sites that contain prohibited information). This duty will be assigned to the special authorized body of the Government of the Russian Federation. The formation and maintenance of this registry will be carried out by the results of Internet monitoring Any organization registered in the territory of the Russian Federation and possessing the necessary technical capabilities can be involved in monitoring.

At the moment, the law stipulates that this monitoring will be carried out in three main areas: search for websites promoting child pornography, distributing information on the acquisition or manufacture of drugs, as well as providing instructions on the conduct of suicide.$ But it is possible that the powers of the supervising authority will be expanded, including for the possibility of bringing to justice those spreading libel on the internet.

For the time being, a citizen or a legal person who believes that information disseminated in respect of his or her is false, defamatory, detrimental to his honor, dignity and business reputation, $ remains to file a complaint with the peace court.$ Such cases are heard by the court at the location of the respondent.

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