On the roundtable at the Russian Foreign Ministry on freedom of expression in the digital environment

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On November 28, the Russian Foreign Ministry held a roundtable “Freedom of expression in the digital environment in the context of discussing the problems of international information security at specialized international platforms”. It was organized by the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Russia Today IIA, the Russian Committee of the Information for All Programme of the UNESCO, and the Interregional Center for Library Cooperation.

The event was attended by representatives of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications, Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, leading Russian media, the expert community, the academic environment.

During the plenary sessions, the problems of correlation of protection of national security and freedom of expression, the phenomenon of "fake news" in electronic media, ethical standards of journalism and the need to develop a common scientific and methodological approach to them were discussed. The roundtable became a launching pad for an expert debate on the national response to the Internet regulation models existing in world practice — from full state control over the national segment of the Internet to minimal state intervention in the Network regulation.