MOSCOW, February 24. The state Duma Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction on Wednesday will consider amendments to the election law introducing new requirements for media accreditation for the coverage of elections at the polling stations.
We are talking about amendments to the second reading of the draft law governing the conduct of elections and referenda in the Russian Federation. Deputy Chairman of the Committee Dmitry Vyatkin (“United Russia”) has proposed to introduce compulsory accreditation of media representatives at polling stations, which will receive the representatives of publications who work under an employment contract for at least two months prior to the date of the election.
“Three days before election day the media should submit their lists of representatives who are working there on labor or civil law contract concluded for not less than two months before the elections,” – said Vyatkin.
According to him, the amendment is necessary to prevent penetration to the election fake journalists. “The amendments are being made to prevent abuse and intrusion to sites of people who claim to be representatives of the media and journalists, but which are not”, – said the Deputy.