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Russia’s government has escalated its use of its Internet censorship law to target news sites, bloggers, and politicians under the slimmest excuse of preventing unauthorized protests and enforcing house arrest regulations. Today, the country’s ISPs have received orders to block a list of major news sites and system administrators have been instructed to take the servers providing the content offline.
The banned sites include the online newspaper Grani, Garry Kasparov’s opposition information site kasparov.ru, the livejournal of popular anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny, and even the web pages of Ekho Moskvy, a radio station which is majority owned by the state-run Gazprom, and whose independent editor was ousted last month and replaced with a more government-friendly director.
A newspaper that began life 279 years ago as a notice pinned to a London coffee shop wall, will be available online only from the end of the year.
The last print publication of Lloyd’s List, which carries news for the shipping industry, will be on 20 December.
A survey carried out earlier this year found that only 25 of its customers used the print edition alone.
Editor Richard Meade said it was “just a natural part of our evolution”.
» via BBC News