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19 July 2012

Internet Restriction Bill Passes First Reading

The State Duma approved in a first reading on Friday legislation that would force Internet companies to remove or block materials deemed harmful by the government.

Supporters say it will shield children from narcotics and suicide propaganda and child pornography. Under the bill, the federal government would set up a registry of blacklisted websites and then require websites, website-hosting companies and Internet service providers to help ban content.

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