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article imageRussian leaders seek to ban swearing on the Internet

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Jul 31, 2013 in World
Moscow - Russian leaders are proposing another strict law that would ban the use of swear words on the Internet. Proponents say that the law would be in place to protect the nation's children.
According to Yahoo! News, the law would ban the use of foul language on social networking sites or any other types of online discussion boards.
The new law would also make it mandatory for websites to remove any foul language that is posted within 24 hours, according to Tech Dirt. Any websites that do not comply with the law would be blacklisted by the government.
The Register reports that Yelena Mizulina, who is in charge of the Russian State Duma's Committee for Family, Women, and Children, is the main proponent of the proposed law.
Sergei Smirnov, who is the chairman of the Moscow Regional Bar Association and also a supporter of the law, issued a statement saying:
"Obscene language offends both children and adults. A ban on its use is not an infringement of human rights. This is a direction towards a civilized lifestyle. If we do not use foul language in real life, then why do we use it on the Internet?"
The Human Rights House believes that the new law would actually be used to silence people who criticize Russia's government.
Other similar laws have recently been enacted within the country. Earlier this year, a law that bans the use of swear words on the country's media outlets was put into place. Russia has also made it illegal for companies to make products featuring swear words.
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