Publishers demand clarification of the law on the mention of LGBT people in literature

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Publishers demand clarification of the law on the mention of LGBT people in literature
Publishers demand clarification of the law on the mention of LGBT people in literature
21 November, 11:56SocietyPhoto: Медиахолдинг1Mi
Russian publishers have addressed the State Duma with proposals to clarify a number of provisions of the scandalous bill on LGBT propaganda, pointing out the need to specify a number of its provisions.

Thus, in the opinion of the publishers, it is necessary to clarify the concepts of the document regarding the mention of non-traditional sexual relations in historical books.

“Also, publishers do not know how to monitor thousands of books published every month for violations”, - notes Kommersant.

Market participants fear that the introduction of the law will seriously complicate and slow down the release of new books in the country.

Earlier it was reported that the bill on LGBT propaganda was submitted to the State Duma on October 20 and adopted in the first reading on October 27.

The document assumes a total ban on "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations and preferences" and is aimed at limiting references to pedophilia, as well as a ban on the dissemination of information that may make children want to change their sex.

There are severe penalties for violating the new law. For legal entities, their amount reaches 5 million rubles.

A number of publishers believe that the proposed version of the law will prohibit any information for children relating to the mention of non-traditional relationships, even when it comes to a presentation of historical events. About the ban, in fact, any book that has a character - a representative of the LGBT gets.

The publishers are convinced that if the text of the document is not changed, they will have to completely stop publishing any books that mention LGBT people, even those that did not contain even a hint of propaganda of unconventional love. The introduction of an external censorship body designed to track the mention of prohibited content in books will cost billions of rubles. Moreover: according to the article of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, censorship is prohibited in Russia. Also unclear is the fate of already issued circulations printed before the ban was introduced. Publishers fear that they may face the withdrawal of half of all circulation.

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