Russia: Law bans swearing in arts
Russia’s predident Vladimir Putin has signed a new censorship bill into law, which means that artists and filmmakers in the country soon may find themselves in trouble for using profanity in “literature and arts, mass media products, at concerts, theatrical performances, entertaining events, as well as in films.”
The law is expected to take effect on 1 July 2014 and includes monetary fines and other punishments for various offenses, as well as new guidelines for the marking of audio and video goods with warning signs and sealed packages – like porn in airport shops or parental advisory stickers on CDs.
The words included under the umbrella of ‘obscene language’ are not specified, so all grey areas will be decided by a panel on a case-by-case basis.
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