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    MOSCOW, APRIL 6, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI) - A new wording of the law "On Mass Media" may be submitted to the State Duma (the lower house of parliament) until the end of the spring session, one of the leaders of the Duma committee on information policy, Boris Reznik said today. According to him, the draft law preserves all the democratic and liberal positions of the previous legislation, but puts a barrier to "ordered" journalism and enhances the responsibility of journalists for their work.

    According to Mr. Reznik, the authors of the draft law are going to more accurately mention the role and functions of the editor-in-chief of the publication. He should have a package of rights, the deputy said.

    In addition, the draft law "On Public Television" is to be submitted for consideration by the house. Its authors propose that a TV channel be created on the basis of one of the state channels, which would not have commercials, whose programs would be of an educational nature and which will demonstrate Soviet films. They are very popular today in Russia against the background of Hollywood films which filled the cinema halls and TV screens.

    The Duma committee on information policy is now working out amendments to the recently adopted law which instructs mass media to publish only official information on the terrorist acts. The head of the committee is against such bans though he does not like when television shows cruel details of the terrorist acts either. "Journalists should have self-regulation with respect to such questions," the deputy is convinced.

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