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Lyubov Sliska believes that the media should be prevented from helping terrorist activities
What actions can be expected in the wake of another series of terrorist attacks? Will these measures affect civil rights and political freedoms? NG confronted prominent Russian politicians and political experts with these questions. Lyubov Sliska, first deputy speaker of the State Duma, believes that the media should be prevented from helping terrorist activities. America has set a decent example after 9/11. The press restricted its own freedoms, fully aware that some of its actions helped terrorists. So there should be no fear of any intimidation of the free press and democracy. According to Georgy Satarov, president of the Indem foundation, new restrictions should not be ruled out, of course. Control is usually toughened in two spheres. The first is invasions into people's private lives, and the second, which is far less popular with the authorities, self-control. Clearly, inefficiency and corruption among the authorities facilitate terrorist activities, so the relevant efforts can be expected. Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Homeland faction in the State Duma, believes that the liberal press has nothing to be blamed for, first of all, and believes extending punishment for terrorist activities as an anti-terrorist measure to be ridiculous. To improve security, all the ministers responsible for law enforcement and the military should be fired. These people have failed to fulfil their duties, even though they have had enough time to change the situation. Sergei Ivanenko, deputy chairman of the Yabloko party: large-scale terrorist attacks always prompt one to toughen control. But such methods are ineffective against terrorism. If the belief existed that the FSB and the Interior Ministry were functioning properly, I would personally stand up for increasing their role. However, these departments are responsible for the main problems in national security, as they have mostly become a security threat. Today, we need a law that would not toughen punishment for terrorism but provide civil control over the security services and an insight into their activities.
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