Journalists and employees of the Dagestan state media were obliged to provide data about their accounts in social networks. The order was released by the information Minister of Dagestan Burlet Tasbolatova, reports “Kommersant”. Accountable journalists consider the measure unnecessary, and the HRC referred to the initiative of restriction of media freedom.
A Minister of the print reads: “to Provide information about the accounts of managers and employees on the Internet in accordance with the form specified in the Annex to the e-mail email@example.com”. The collection of nicknames and addresses of the personal pages of the employees, the document says, is “for the purpose of organization of monitoring of institutions under the Ministry in social networks”.
The state-run media are broadcasting company “Dagestan state Republican broadcaster”, the same Republican news Agency, edition of 16 Newspapers, six magazines, the radio station “Country of mountains”, three publishing houses and enterprise Dagpechat’. In the editions of several national Newspapers have confirmed that the requested information the journalists had collected.
“Our team reacted to this with humour, commented on the initiative of the Dagestani media on the condition of anonymity. – We understand that no one will sit and check our accounts. If a post journalist was made public, and so the reaction will follow. Such cases were”.
In particular, in 2012, was forced to quit my job journalist “GTRK Dagestan” Nurlan Aliyev to the correspondent of “RIA Novosti” the Republic of Natalia Skandia. The reason, according to journalists who have become their records in personal accounts critical of the performance of local authorities after the flood in Derbent
The head of the presidential Council of the Russian Federation on human rights (HRC) and the Secretary of the Union of journalists of Russia Mikhail Fedotov, told Kommersant that the Russian laws do not contain norms that allow officials to compel journalists to provide personal information.