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Latest Belarusian censorship law & censorship actions



Footnote: could happen almost anywhere. Even here in NL such a law could
pass on the virtue of balancing safety and order with basic human rights in
a fair manner.

Footnote2: censorship being possible and even easy makes censorship happen.
Defend or die must be part of the tech warrior's creed (sharing Mutual
Equal Assured Destruction is a potential exception).

I suppose Belarus works differently for things to pass so fast and so
clearly in violation of international human rights laws.

Good luck out there.
On Dec 21, 2014 12:26 PM, "Anton Nesterov" <[email protected]> wrote:

> Today President of Belarus signed a law which provides heavy regulation
> to freedom of speech. Basically, it makes any website media and forbids
> "information aimed at the propaganda of the war, extremist activities,
> or the calls for such activities, pornography, violence, cruelty, and
> any other informations which distribution can harm national interest of
> the Republic of Belarus, or forbidden by this law, or by any other
> legislative act of the Republic of Belarus". It also force owners of
> websites to moderate user-generated content. Any website which violate
> this will be blocked. Also the law forbids any media with more than 20%
> of foreign investors.
>
> The law was passed really fast, only on 17st it came info parliament,
> and today, 21st, it's already signed by president. Nobody ever heard
> that such law are coming, even in the rumors.
>
> The law will came into force on 1st January.
>
> Yesterday domain name onliner.by, which hosted Belarusian media portal,
> was seized. They moved to onliner.ru.
>
> Media portal 21.by was also blocked.
>
> Two days ago some media was blocked, including charter97.org (they was
> already blocked for years for some users), belaruspartisan.org,
> gazetaby.com, zautra.by, udf.by, naviny.by, belapan.com, belapan.by.
>
> Minister of Information Liliya Ananich asked media to use only official
> sources and write articles in the national interest of the country.
>
> Besides media censorship, there is some financial problems because of
> Russian financial crisis. So the govt blocked 13 online markets which
> posted prices in US dollars, also 3 websites (deal.by, migom.by,
> kufar.by) was warned as they had ads on goods with price in $.
>
> prokopovi.ch, p2p currency exchange, was also blocked.
>
> http://www.pravo.by/main.aspx?guid=12551&p0=H11400213&p1=1 â?? text of the
> law (Russian)
> http://www.belaruspartisan.org/politic/289548/ (Russian)
> http://belapan.by/archive/2014/12/21/748603/ (Russian)
> http://www.belaruspartisan.org/politic/289548/ (Russian)
> http://www.belaruspartisan.org/politic/290031/ (Russian)
>
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