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Russia begins “registering” bloggers. Ethiopian bloggers arrested.

1) The registration of Russian bloggers has begun:Т http://gigaom.com/2014/08/01/the-registration-of-russian-bloggers-has-begun/

“Vladimir Putin recently signed amendments to Russian communications law that created this registry, in order to place prominent bloggers under the same restrictions placed on traditional journalists — an interesting condition to place on satire. Any blogger with more than 3,000 readers can voluntarily sign up, but registration is mandatory if Roskomnadzor demands it.

Registered bloggers have to disclose their true identity, avoid hate speech, ‘extremist calls’ and even obscene language. They also can’t slander anyone, and must verify any information before publishing it. If they break these rules, they face fines of between $285 and $14,285, according to RT.”

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2)Т Ethiopian bloggers and journalists charged with terrorism:Т http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/ethiopian-bloggers-journalists-zone-nine-charged-terrorism-ginbot-7

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