The Russian authorities are trying to limit coverage of the protests

Власти РФ пытаются ограничить освещение протестов

The voices of those who tells of the unauthorized actions in Russia, are growing louder, but not on public channels.

After several successful protest actions in Russian regions, one would expect the response of the authorities, not only against the organizers and participants, but also to those who the statements were covered. And this reaction was not long in coming. Somewhere she is more careful where you’re not — there at all fine for broadcast. But the General trend is obvious: the one who leads the stream of protests, is not seen as the observer, and their party, one might even say, partner, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to dw.com.

A journalist or a protestor?

Recently Roskomnadzor demanded to remove from YouTube recordings of live broadcasts of the Yekaterinburg TV company E1. In this case, by itself, records of claims were not. But the Prosecutor’s office found incitement to mass riots and extremist actions in the comments to the videos. The question of the legality of the appeal to the editorial office, not to the service, cared, except that of theorizing lawyers. However, long to insist the authorities were not satisfied with the comments to delete.

With Ekaterinburg, where the news now the sound is much louder than joke dangerous. But in practice, when a claim is actually due to the reviews, is fixed, which opens the opportunity to attempt to remove any video because you can organize extremist review of one minute.

The Ekaterinburg journalists very lightly. In Arkhangelsk the court fined the correspondent of the newspaper “Free speech” Dmitry Sekushin on 400 thousand roubles for garbage coverage of the protests. We can discuss whether we regard the party press (“Free speech” established public organization promoting the development of civil society and local self-government “Democratic choice”) a full-fledged, but, in fact, who cares if the man was covering? Yes, even though it generally does not employee a registered Roskomnadzor the media, and in General not a journalist, what is the violation of public order?

It is in the report is, consider in law enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation. In any case, in the administrative case of Denis Styazhkin, a journalist was registered by Roskomnadzor edition of Sota.Vision. In January of this year recorded the action “Indefinite protest” in Moscow, and the case it brought much later “as a result of monitoring of the Internet”, the court scheduled for June.

The punishment for their coverage of the protests — a question of time

Voice editors and bloggers, telling about the unauthorized actions sound louder than more protest activity ignore on the Federal channels, where information about the protests misses the news, not to mention any broadcasts. Coverage of the protests, in fact, is considered as participation. And the fact that it has not yet touched all the polls of journalists working in unsanctioned events, perhaps only a matter of time. For those who is not a journalist, but performs the same job, it is quite a common practice.

It is held for 20 days in the detention center landed and colleague Alexei Navalny Leonid Volkov, who commented on the broadcast of the protests against pension reform. Yes, if we still consider it important, he is not a journalist was media, but it was not only the scene, but in General at the time was in the territory of another state. However, the Fund of struggle against corruption (FBK), it will not surprise, because of the broadcasts of the protests, the police several times, smashed the office of the FBC and detained employees. The broadcasters also went under arrest.

The limitation of the broadcasts — it is pointless and dangerous

It is not clear what the authorities fear most: the popularization of unauthorized activities or just impartial pictures from the event. Some stock and are made solely for the sake of it — without video they just don’t exist, a few dozen bystanders who noticed the caller banner doesn’t count. In Yekaterinburg, the protesters went clearly not for the sake of getting in the rollers, but they have made a very local history to the Federal. Internet two — way thing: the protesters feel the support from viewers from all over the world get approving comments. And, surprisingly, that review then is unhappy with the Prosecutor’s office.

On the other hand, when there is a complete record of the event, it is much harder to accuse its members ‘ extremism, or any other illegal actions. For the courts, handing out protesting day and ten-day arrest, it is irrelevant, but the public perception is very important. In Ekaterinburg those who came to protest against the Church in the square, and repeatedly tried to publicly defame, to submit their pioneers “Ural Maidan”, but many hours reporting from the square at the Drama theatre were not allowed to do.

At first glance, the pressures on journalism — whether professional or civic — doesn’t make sense, because the camera phone is for everyone, and to start a YouTube channel — a couple of minutes. But if you get carried away by the process of intimidation, it may sooner or later play a bad joke.

In Russia the wind carried away the trampoline with the kids, there are victims

While there is a broadcast of the protests, some people perceive them as just show and take part in them only virtually, watching on a computer screen or smartphone. But if they suddenly become, sooner or later someone can go to watch with their own eyes, thus increasing the number of participants. This had once been in Egypt, where during the “Arab spring” off the Internet, and people went to the street.

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