Date: 8 months ago   Category: IT & Media

Fedotov: the bill on social guarantees for journalists in "hot spots" isn't ready to the II reading — Rambler News Service


Photo: Yury Smityuk / TASS the Bill of social guarantees for journalists in "hot spots" demands serious completion to introduction to the second reading in the State Duma, the head of HRC Mikhail Fedotov has reported at a meeting of the temporary commission of the Federation Council. "Now he isn't ready to the second reading. With a conceptual framework it is necessary to work still very seriously" — Fedotov has reported. He has mentioned expression as an example of necessary additional study "a zone of armed conflict" which has no in the bill of exact definition. First of all, the phrase "hot spot" is journalistic expression, but not the legal term now, Fedotov has paid attention. He has also noted that in the bill it is necessary to describe need of obtaining the special certificate of the journalist who is in a dangerous business trip. According to him, such document is given by authorized body of that party from which editorial office he goes to "hot spot", in Russia it is Roskomnadzor and the Ministry of Communications. Issue of this certificate is stated in the Geneva Convention ratified by Moscow, but at the moment this mechanism in Russia doesn't work. Besides, according to Fedotov, administrative responsibility should be conferred not on edition on the instructions of which the journalist goes to "hot spot", and directly to the employer. "We have to assign all duties not to edition, and to the employer", - Fedotov has noted. He has cited as an example VGTRK holding which part a large number of the editions which aren't employers of the journalist who, including compensates working expenses in a business trip is. All important amendments at the request of the chairman of the commission of the Federation Council Alexey Pushkov will be sent to special-purpose committee of the State Duma and also to the Federation Council, Fedotov has noted. The bill of social guarantees for the journalists working in hot spots has passed the first reading in the State Duma in 2015, but further work on him has been suspended. The bill obliges to sign mass media's editorial offices the special contract of insurance of the journalist in case of his departure on an editorial task to the country in which martial law is imposed. Obligations for his training in security measures are also registered, supply with necessary individual protection equipment, etc. Besides, the law assumes administrative responsibility for non-performance of these norms. The draft has been introduced by deputies Leonid Levin, Yaroslav Nilov, Vadim Dengin, etc. after death of journalists of the Russian TV channels in Ukraine. Discussion of the bill was resumed after there was a tragedy to the Russian journalists in the CAR. Orhan Jemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguyev shot in the CAR the documentary for Investigations Management Centre, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's project. At the same time they stayed in the country as individuals, without having received before a trip of press accreditations. After the tragedy Khodorkovsky has stopped financing of TsURa.

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