BBG Panel: New Russian Laws – Tightening the Noose on Free Speech?

A protester demonstrates against censorship of the Internet near the State Duma in Moscow.

A protester demonstrates against censorship of the Internet near the State Duma in Moscow.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) invites you to a roundtable discussion, New Russian Laws – Tightening the Noose on Free Speech?

During the summer of 2012, the Russian parliament passed and President Putin signed a series of laws that will raise fines on protesters, impose limits on the Internet, make slander a criminal offense, and require nongovernmental organizations that get funding from abroad to register as foreign agents.

How repressive are these new Russian laws? What will be the rules of engagement for minority voices, human rights and civil rights activists? To what extent do these laws put at risk the work of international organizations including USAID, WHO, Amnesty International and Transparency International?  What are the implications of these new political realities on U.S. relations with Russia?

To join the discussion in person, please RSVP on our event page. To view the event live, go to this link – http://j.mp/TTPw1Z – and also tweet about the event using hashtag #RussiaMediaLaws

Date:  September 19, 2012, 11:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M. (Please arrive by 10:45 AM to allow time for check-in.  Photo ID required.)

Moderator: Jeffrey Trimble, Deputy Director, International Broadcasting Bureau

Panelists:

  • Susan Corke, Director of Eurasia Programs, Freedom House
  • Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian journalist, historian and politician
  • Miriam Lanskoy, Director for Russia and Eurasia, National Endowment for Democracy
  • David Satter, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Foreign Policy Institute Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Windows Media Broadband Live Link:

http://www.voanews.com/wm/live/special-events/BBG_Russian_Panel_091912-live-vb.asx

Windows Media Broadband On Demand Link:

http://www.voanews.com/wm/live/special-events/BBG_Russian_Panel_091912-vb.asx

Registration: While there is no cost to attend, registration is required at http://bbgnewrussianlawspanel.eventbrite.com/.  For more information, please call the BBG’s Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4400 or email pubaff@bbg.gov.

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