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    Moscow, February 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent). The United Russia faction in the State Duma (the lower chamber of Russian parliament) will support an amendment to the Law "On Mass Media" which limits the coverage of the consequences of terrorist attacks, said Vyacheslav Volodin, the deputy speaker and first deputy head of United Russia, when commenting on the results of the Duma Council.

    According to Mr. Volodin, Valery Komissarov, chairman of the Committee on Information Policy, presented a draft of the amendment to the federal Law "On Mass Media" that stipulated the requirements to report information on acts of terrorism. "This legislative proposal is included in the preliminary working schedule of the State Duma and will be considered in April. And we are going to support it," said Mr. Volodin.

    The head of the committee said that this document introduces a number of limitations on live coverage of the consequences of acts of terrorism. Moreover, it prohibits showing victims' bodies on news programs.

    "This is practiced throughout the world. Countries in Europe and the Middle East that stumbled on the consequences of acts of terrorism made the same decisions concerning coverage of people injured in a particular act of terrorism within the framework of their legislation," pointed out Mr. Volodin.

    He also stressed, "terrorist organizations want to inflict significant psychological damage on society by their actions, and when mass media covers these events it plays, to a certain extent, into the hands of terrorists." - 0 - (MAN/SM)

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