30 March 2016
Source: HRO.org (info)
Team 29 have published advice on how not to end up in prison when protecting rights to the freedom of speech.
As Radio Svoboda reports, the authors of the advice booklet highlight that any internet user in Russia could be subject to an investigation for voicing their opinions, but sometimes even just for a ‘like' or repost.
Bloggers could have a court case opened against them accusing them of extremism or insulting believers’ feelings, or be fined. According to the lawyers, one of the main problems connected with the application of laws in this area is the vagueness of the definitions they employ.
“Anyone can fall foul of these laws, from activists to journalists, from school teachers to unemployed people in small towns,” says the advice booklet.
Authors of the advice recommend that bloggers don’t forget about the right of suspects to refuse to give testimony and advise them to find a lawyer immediately – not resorting to the services of a defence counsel appointed by the state.
Past publications from Team 29:
Translated by Jo Anston
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