The Duma Committee on constitutional Affairs will consider amendments that impose new requirements for journalists covering elections. Now under the guise of journalists to polling stations can get individuals who are not employees of mass media. The expert community recognized that in the past because of this, attempting to disrupt the elections at a particular site.
In the middle of next week, the constitutional Committee of the state Duma intends to consider amendments that impose requirements for journalists covering the voting process in the elections. The amendments proposed for the second reading of the bill amending various legislative acts for regulation of the conduct of elections and referendums.
“Issued at the last moment brown any media really sometimes be part of an attempt of the gang, savvy technologists to disrupt the elections”
“No matter how the observers, but in fact are not journalists”
As explained RIA “news” the author of amendments the Deputy head of the Committee Dmitry Vyatkin (“United Russia”), now under the guise of journalists to the polling stations are occupied by persons who are not employees of mass media. “They show any certificates, identity cards, badges and so on come, and they would not as observers but in fact are not journalists,” he said, noting that in effect, the abuse of the right media.
In a conversation with RBC Vyatkin said that working at the polling station journalists have the right to demand from the Commission a copy of the Protocol on the basis of editorial license. This led to the fact that very often under the guise of journalists to the sites of people having to do with the media nothing.
As noted by another source close to the leadership of the state Duma, “systematically this was done by the “Voice”, she “regularly hired normal people who by agreement with the editors went to the polls and ‘worked as observers”.
“And then they reported about the alleged violations, and not as observers from the candidate, and how independent journalists who believe. While “the Voice” receives foreign funds. Hardly they spend it on real help to us”, – said the interlocutor of RBC, adding that the authors of the amendments do not change anything in the media before the election and only the election day observation. The rights of journalists on election day, the law also does not change.
“Accredited may be the journalists that not less than two months work in the media either under an employment contract or civil law contract. That is, not people who appeared suddenly, by accident with some crusts almost to the day of voting suddenly became journalists, and then just ceased to be,” he said.
Vyatkin explained that the accreditation procedure will be determined by the rules in the near future will be developed by the CEC or its regional offices.
It is expected that after the discussions in the Committee on February 24, the consideration of amendments to the second reading will be held in the state Duma. Most likely, it will happen on February 26.