Russia's Putin says waging no war on Internet freedom

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 10, 2014 8:41 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday a fight against illegal content on the Internet should not become a fight against freedom, seeking to calm fears over a possible clampdown on media and social networking sites.

Putin told a forum on Internet start-up companies: "Under this pretext (banning inappropriate content like paedophilia, drugs, terrorism or suicide) ... one should not introduce any restrictions on civil liberties and the free market."

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(reporting by Maria Kiselyova, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by Steve Gutterman)