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The Moscow Times, July 5, 2002

Lawmakers Present A Liberal Media Bill

By Andrei Zolotov Jr.

A group of influential lawmakers announced Thursday that it has drafted a new mass media law that aims to discourage the government from owning media outlets and introduce a European-style concept of public media.

The liberal bill, which should go for a first reading in the State Duma this fall, was written by Mikhail Fedotov, one of the authors of the much-praised yet outdated 1991 Law on Mass Media.

"The fact that Fedotov is an author of the draft is already a certain credential," said Deputy Duma Speaker Irina Khakamada, who is also a leader of the Un