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Russian ‘law on bloggers’ takes effect today

mediawiremorningHello there. Sorry this isn’t Beaujon. Here are 10 or so media stories. Happy Friday!

  1. Russian blogger law goes into effect: It could crack down on free expression, Alec Luhn explains: “Popularly known as the ‘law on bloggers,’ the legislation requires users of any website whose posts are read by more than 3,000 people each day to publish under their real name and register with the authorities if requested.” (The Guardian) | “Registered bloggers have to disclose their true identity, avoid hate speech, ‘extremist calls’ and even obscene language.” (Gigaom) | The law also states that “social networks must maintain six months of data on its users.” (BBC News)
  2. More on David Frum non-faked photo fakery saga: Photo fakery surely occurs in places like Gaza, James Fallows writes.
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Poll: Americans support Snowden, would like to see him prosecuted

Time | South China Morning Post | Reuters | The Huffington Post

54 percent of Americans believe Edward Snowden “did a ‘good thing’” by exposing government surveillance programs, a new Time poll says. 53 percent nonetheless “said he should be prosecuted for the leak,” Zeke J. Miller reports.

58 percent of Democrats said they approved of the snooping. Only 39 percent of Republicans said the same. 74 percent of Republicans and 70 percent of independents said they were following the story closely; 58 percent of Democrats said the same. Among people who followed the news closely, 56 percent approve of Snowden’s decision to leak the information.

Time’s new cover shows Snowden alongside Bradley Manning and Aaron Swartz: Read more