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Russian party wants a month of no news

June 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

MOSCOW, June 26 (UPI) -- The leader of a Russian nationalist party has suggested all the country's journalists take a one-month vacation to relieve the "news pressure" on the public.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, said his party wants the country to take a month off from the "news pressure" by ceasing all news media operations for a full month, RIA Novosti reported Tuesday.

"The LDPR party proposes that all Russian media bosses give their employees a one-month vacation, for example, from July 15 to Aug. 15. The incessant news machine should be stopped," Zhirinovsky said Tuesday while addressing the State Duma.

"There is a tremendous flow of filth coming from all the TV and radio channels that has a harmful effect on people's health. Look at any news report: murders, blasts, wars, violence, clashes, detentions are all around."

Zhirinovsky said the State Duma recently rejected an LDPR proposal to limit negative news to 20 percent of all televised news stories.

"Journalists ... don't your nerves need a rest?" he asked.

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