Russia bans 'Death Note' and other anime on some streaming websites

There are concerns that teens are copying violence from the shows.

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Kris Holt
January 21, 2021 10:35 AM
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It seems a Russian court has started to scribble the names of anime series in its mysterious black notebook. A district court banned Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul and Inuyashiki on certain streaming websites, over worries that teens are recreating violent acts from them. The St. Petersburg court system alleged that "Every episode contains cruelty, murder, violence," according to the The Moscow Times.

Last month, five lawsuits were brought against 49 sites that stream anime. Prosecutors also called for bans on Naruto, Elfen Lied and Interspecies Reviewers in December.

The court blocked the distribution of Death Note and Inuyashiki on two websites and Tokyo Ghoul on one site. During Wednesday's hearing, an expert for the prosecution reportedly described Death Note as "potentially dangerous for a modern child."

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Although the bans are specific to those sites and the court seems to be tackling them on a case-by-case basis, there are suggestions that the Roskomnadzor censorship agency may treat the ruling as a general ban on the content. Parents in Russia have been demanding a ban on Death Note since 2013, following the death by suicide of a teen who had a collection of the manga. 

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