The four political Russian parties in the nation’s parliament have created a bill that would censor the internet, Venture Beat is reporting. The parties are looking to block Internet users from accessing websites containing banned pornography, drug ads and the promotion of suicide or extremist ideas.
The bill, which was originally drafted last month, is a series of amendments to existing laws. It will be present to legislators on Friday. If passed, Roskomnadozor, the federal service that supervises communications, IT and mass media, will be in charge of the blacklist. The service will work through a non-profit to monitor compliance.
If a website is discovered to feature illegal content, Roskomnadozor will give the owner 24 hours to remove the images and/or text. If the owners fail to comply, they’ll be placed on the blacklist.
Opposition to the censorship has already arisen. Some have compared the Russian censorship effort similar to China’s great firewall censorship.
Minister of Communications and Mass Media Nikolai Nikiforoy said he doesn’t appreciate the bill in its current form. However, the bill may pass in its first reading, according to the Russian Legal Information Agency.