The Chechen parliament has submitted to the State Duma a bill proposing to ban the publication in the media of information on the nationality and religion of persons suspected of crimes. Relevant document introduced to the database of the lower house of parliament.
The authors propose to amend Article 4 of the Law “On Mass Media”.
“It is prohibited to disseminate in the media, as well as in information and telecommunication networks, information about the nationality, religion and belonging to the peoples of the Russian Federation of persons involved in the commission of crimes,” the text of the bill says.
According to the Chechen parliamentarians, the bill is aimed at preserving interethnic and interfaith harmony and peace on the territory of Russia, since “the dissemination of such information is regarded as an insult to the national and religious feelings of honest, respectable citizens, true believers who have nothing to do with criminal activity.”
The explanatory note to the bill says that in Russia “every thoughtless and carelessly spoken word can become a detonator of a social explosion” and “lead to incitement of interethnic and inter-confessional enmity.”