Tag Archive: Citizen journalism

Published time: February 19, 2014 09:05

AFP Photo / David Gannon

AFP Photo / David Gannon

Russian lawmakers suggest that internet authors whose works attract 10,000 or more visitors a day should be accredited as journalists, receiving all rights and responsibilities commensurate with this status.

The changes in state attitude to the blogosphere are the main part of the fresh package of amendments to the Law on Mass Media, Izvestia daily reported on Wednesday quoting an unnamed parliamentary source. According to the source, the figure of 10,000 daily visitors is already fixed in the draft papers, but did not specify if this was a single-time threshold or a mean index.

When a blogger signs for mass media accreditation he or she will automatically have an obligation to observe all legal norms applied to registered news outlets – the obligation to verify information before distributing it and responsibility for the consequences caused by the publications.

Izvestia’s source noted that the new amendment was modeled on a scheme already in use in Israel.

The news was confirmed by Vadim Dengin, first deputy head of the Duma Committee for Information Technology.

Every blogger whose blog gets past a certain popularity threshold can be equated to mass media. Other people can share opinions expressed in blogs and expressing information with personal evaluations makes bloggers personalities of a national scale. It is natural that they are made equal with the mass media. They must share responsibility for their words and work within legal parameters,” the MP said.

Popular Russian bloggers are skeptical about the initiative. Stanislav Apetyan, who writes under nickname Politrash on the Livejournal platform, noted that a blogger can be brought to responsibility for slander like any other person, and the law on mass media is not necessary for this procedure. Another blogger, Edward Chesnokov, pointed out that the internet is extremely decentralized and the authorities do not have real power over services that are legally and technically located in other countries.


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New Military “Rediness Center” Pops up in N.Kentucky ! Massive Movement in Burlington Ky ! 4/14/13


Published on Apr 14, 2013

In the past few weeks there has been a Huge Uptick in Military Activity in the Northern Kentucky Region ! I have lived here All My Life …..and have NEVER Seen Movement of this Nature in the past 30 Years !