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00014 University of Helsinki

Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Russian MediaLab 1: Media Law and Regulation in Russia

Chair: TBC
Discussant: Hannu Nieminen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Andrei Richter (Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media): Post-Soviet Perspective on Evaluating Censorship and Freedom of the Media
Marina Galkina (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia): The Forecast of Changes in State Regulation of Russian Media from the Point of View of National Media Companies
Liudmila Sivetc (University of Turku, Finland): Indirect and Direct Control in Russian Internet Governance
Katja Lehtisaari (Aleksanteri Institute and Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland): "Yarovaya Law" and Discussion on Information Safety

The panel discusses the development and prospects for future of media law and regulation in Russia. Exploring cases and paths of development in this field, the panel focuses on questions related to changes of media law and regulation, the state of media freedom and censorship, the role of different actors in the law making and implementation processes, and prospects of future development. One of the recent changes in the area of media law was the introduction of the so called “Yarovaya law”. The “Yarovaya law” was a set of amendments to several ”anti-terrorism laws” that became active in 2016. The amendments concern e.g. surveillance, privacy, and anonymity. Per the law, teleoperators are obliged to keep the recordings for 6 months and metadata for up to three years. Encrypted data should be made available for the use of FSB. These changes affect the communication and media, raising questions on, for example, information safety and censorship. In addition, earlier studies have shown elements of unpredictability in regulation and dominance of state-driven logic in law-making process. Will these trends continue in Russia and the position of the government strengthen further? The panel also asks, how does the media law and regulation stand in international comparison in the Post-Soviet area, and what are the possible future scenarios and how do the indirect and direct control operate in internet governance. The panel is co-organised by Russian Media Lab project (Aleksanteri Institute) and International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) working group on Post-Soviet and Post-Authoritarian Communication.