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Nothing to See Here: Mongolia Media Goes Dark to Protest Curbs

  • Bill would allow police to impose fines of up to $41,000
  • Controversial measure comes ahead of before presidential vote
The Mongolian Parliament Building on Chinggis Khaan Square.

The Mongolian Parliament Building on Chinggis Khaan Square.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Several Mongolian broadcasters, newspapers and websites suspended content to protest a bill they fear would lead to censorship just two months before the former communist dictatorship elects a new president.

More than a dozen TV stations went dark and at least seven newspapers printed black front pages Thursday to call attention to the proposed Law on Infringement being considered by parliament. The legislation would allow police to impose fines of as much as 100 million tugrik ($41,000) for spreading libelous or defamatory information, without going through the courts.