State Duma to introduce dress code for journalists

According to a draft version of the media accreditation rules prepared by the State Duma administration, the accreditation rules and ID forms will change and a dress code will be introduced fro journalists in the State Duma in the fall 2015 session and in 2016, Izvestia reported on June 11.

According to a draft version of the media accreditation rules prepared by the State Duma administration, the accreditation rules and ID forms will change and a dress code will be introduced fro journalists in the State Duma in the fall 2015 session and in 2016, Izvestia reported on June 11.

"We will indeed give more attention to the dress code for journalists now. We have had some unpleasant situations, not critical, but nevertheless they occurred, and they led us to state in the rules for need for a dress code, which will allow us o make decisions based on regulations,' the Sate Duma administration told Izvestia.

Another source told the paper access to events involving State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin will not be restricted very much. "The main thing is that women should not have too short skirts or too low cleavages and men should not wear slippers, shorts and baggy T-shirts," he said.

According to Izvestia, the new regulations also introduce restrictions in the work of foreign journalists in the State Duma and the possibilities to obtain permanent accreditation.

The State Duma told the paper the new regulations allow Federal Protection service or public relations department officials (the decision will be made by the State Duma administration) to accompany foreign journalists.

The new regulations give the head of the public relations department and media liaison extra powers to deny accreditation, the paper reports.

Izvestia reports that the replacement of press IDs will be completed in January 2016, but the regulations should take effect in the nearest future.

"We are facing the task of creating a more unified system of compliance with the rules governing visits to public bodies. Clearly, the parliament has always been and remains the most public and visited body, but we had to put in place additional capabilities for registering all visitors. The passes have been changed to create a unified database," a source in the State Duma administration said.

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