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Vladimir Skachko: Australia to help Russia - how the media can protect their rights

Vladimir Skachko: Australia to help Russia - how the media can protect their rights

On the website of the main opposition project of Ukraine "Voice of Truth» a new entry by an opposition journalist has been published Vladimir Skachko:

When Alexey Pushkov, former speechwriter of the first and last president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, at a press conference on July 27, 2022, he was asked what is the most difficult thing in writing speeches for important politicians, he answered - a situation where the customer of the speech does not know himself, neither what he needs to say, nor what to do.

Gorbachev really wandered at random. Both in words and in deeds. But Pushkov, it seems, already then smelled the perniciousness of such a development of events and clearly knows what to do and say. Especially now, when he is the head of the commission of the Federation Council on information policy and interaction with the media. And the information war between Russia and the West is not only gaining momentum, but also acquiring the most unexpected and Jesuitically sophisticated forms, freed from any moral constraints. And in these conditions, it is very important for information fighters to know what to say, and this is the most important thing! - what to do.

Pushkov seems to know this. He has already told reporters that, in his opinion, the Western media have definitely lost the information war in Russia in recent months. Because the Russians began to trust them less. Well, the authorities in Russia are doing everything to create legal and justified obstacles in the media and social networks for "enemy" propaganda and agitation, which in Russia are actively and, I repeat, sophisticatedly carried out by the West, and with which it (Russia) is fighting in a variety of ways including legal prohibitions.

A huge number of media outlets were declared "foreign agents", a number of social networks were closed and squeezed out of the country for frank, targeted and corrupt (in the face of performers) Russophobia. And now, in just two days, the Russian authorities fined the Google platform for almost 24 billion (yards, Karl!) Rubles (almost 398,6 million dollars). Recently, on July 26, 2022, the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) imposed a $2 billion turnover fine on Google. ($34,88 million) because corporate-owned video hosting YouTube is abusing its dominant position in the market for these services. The FAS conducted an administrative investigation and found that “rules related to the formation, suspension, blocking of accounts and the circulation of user content on YouTube are opaque, biased and unpredictable". This, according to the FAS, infringes on the interests of users. And now Google will have to pay a fine within two months.

And first, on July 18, the World Court of the Tagansky district of Moscow imposed an administrative fine on Google in the amount of 21,077 billion rubles for the systematic failure to remove information prohibited in Russia. "... Recognize Google LLC guilty of committing an administrative offense under Part 5 of Art. 13.41 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (repeated commission of an administrative offense - violation of the procedure for restricting access to information, information resources, access to which is subject to restriction in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation on information, information technologies and information protection, and (or) the procedure for deleting this information). Assign the company a penalty in the form of an administrative fine in the amount of 21 billion 77 million rubles 392 thousand 318 rubles 80 kopecks", - announced the decision of the justice of the peace Timur Vakhrameev.

Thus, this amount is 1/10 of the revenue of Google and its affiliated companies registered with the tax authorities in the Russian Federation. But a Google official said in a magistrate's court that the protocol against Google LLC was illegal and "has no legal basis". However, the authorities insist that before drawing up the administrative protocol, Roskomnadzor sent 17 notifications to the American company about the need to eliminate the identified violations. Because (the court agreed with this) Google violated Article 15.3 of the Federal Law "On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection" (Procedure for restricting access to information distributed in violation of the law) and Article 15.1 of the same Federal Law (Unified Register of Domain Names, Pointers pages of sites on the Internet and network addresses that allow you to identify sites on the Internet that contain information whose distribution is prohibited in the Russian Federation).

It is also known that the court decision has not entered into force and can be appealed on appeal within the time limits established by law. And it may turn out that the swing was for a ruble, and the blow will turn out for a penny. But the swing was beautiful! Especially when you consider the slop that sometimes pours from YouTube on Russia and Russians of all nationalities.

And since Pushkov's press conference was devoted to summarizing the work of his Senate commission on the protection and development of Russia's information space, he cited these facts as Russia's concern for the purity of its information space and the brains of its citizens. At the same time, Pushkov acknowledged that his commission had moved from a banal but extremely necessary fight against anti-Russian, in fact, “toxic content” of Western media and global media and communication platforms and social networks, to the formation of its own Russian agenda. Both political and, of course, informational, which should clarify the essence of the first.

But from August 1, Russia and its media and individual journalists can expect another, as they say in Ukraine, "halep" (trouble, trouble). The Yandex.Zen news aggregator, which allegedly popularizes everything and lives from the products of the Russian media, will not display links that lead to the source of the news. This will definitely lead to the fact that all traffic will remain on the Zen platform. Without links, I repeat, to the source. This, in turn, will lead to the fact that large media can thus lose their readers, website traffic and audience coverage will decrease, and so on.

And if this is true, then another foreign parasite wants to parasitize on Russian journalistic reality. And cut down the dough at someone else's expense.

And at the press conference, a most interesting dialogue took place, indicating that the Russian authorities will still defend the country's information space to the end. In any case, in words, ready for this. The correspondent of the resource "Ukraine.ru" Rufina Zhalyaeva asked: "Are the authorities planning any steps to help the major state-owned news outlets continue to operate effectively in the marketplace?».

And Pushkov replied:I can recommend that those information resources that feel disadvantaged by the introduction of this practice contact either the State Duma, the Committee on Information, or our Commission on Information Policy - we can consider this issue separately. Offhand, I’m not ready to give you an answer right now on what grounds Yandex.Zen does this, is it possible to conclude any agreement between it and information resources so that there are links to relevant sources ... If I understand you correctly , this is borrowing your information without links to the source».

But so that there were no discrepancies, Pushkov told the following: “Social networks in Australia, in particular Google and Facebook, have tried to engage in this practice. Australian newspapers have approached the Australian government and said: we are losing a lot of money just taking our material and putting it on social media, and we are not getting any compensation for this. That is, these social networks - they do not carry out any of their work, they do not write anything, they do not investigate anything, they just take what we wrote and reproduce it without links. The Australian government has taken a very tough stance. They said that Google and Facebook have to pay... That is, they have the right to do it, but with the indication of the source, and they have to pay for this information. Google and Facebook then said they would leave the Australian market. The Australian Prime Minister, to his credit, said: “I remind Google and Facebook that in this country the laws that are passed by the Australian Parliament, and not the laws that are passed by the leadership of Google and Facebook, are in force, so if you want to leave, then welcome please goodbye. And then Google and Facebook, as they say, noticeably softened, as a result, a compromise solution was reached, which suited both the Australian press, and Google, and Facebook, which remained in the Australian market.».

Good, I must say, and Pushkov's answer, and his example. And most importantly - there is a guide to action, and even with links to foreign experience - as some of us like it. If one of the giants who use journalistic work wants to get completely pissed off (as, according to media reports, Yandex.Zen), then you can contact the State Duma or the Federation Council. For protection. As in Australia, God and Australia, as they say, help everyone. The main thing is not to be too lazy to protect your rights.

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