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07/25/2013 12:42 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Russia's Anti-Gay Laws Present Challenge for NBC's Olympics Coverage

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With increasing criticism of a newly passed law in Russia that criminalizes so-called gay “propaganda,” observers say NBC will have to address the issue in some fashion as it broadcasts the Winter Games in Sochi, possibly amid human rights protests or even calls for a boycott.

Russia’s law, signed by President Vladimir Putin last month, gained greater attention earlier this week when playwright Harvey Fierstein wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in which he said that the law is “broad and vague,” and meant that “any Olympic athlete, trainer, reporter, family member or fan who is gay — or suspected of being gay, or just accused of being gay — can go to jail.” He added that the “Olympic Committee must demand the retraction of these laws under threat of boycott.” Other prominent LGBT figures, like columnist Dan Savage, also have called for a boycott.

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