Popular Oppositional Websites Blocked in Belarus

April 11th, 2011   Articles | Belarus

Today the two most popular oppositional web sites were blocked. The Belarusian State Telecommunication Inspection put these websites onto a black list, i.e. web pages with restricted access.

Already on March 23, 2011, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus decided that the two most popular oppositional sites should be blocked: Charter97 and Belarusianpartizan.org. To block the two largest but unwanted sites, the Prosecutor’s Office refer to “the Law on Mass Events in the Republic of Belarus”.

Some of Belarusian Internet providers stated that according to the General Prosecutor’s Office, the two sites violated the second paragraph of the 8th article: “Before the permission to hold the mass action is receive, its organizer(s) and other persons do not have the right to announce in mass media the date, place and time of its activities, to prepare and distribute leaflets, posters and other material for this purpose.”

The majority of the Internet providers in Belarus have already received an updated black list of the sites which they in accordance with current law must block. The State Telecommunication Inspection refused to comment the situation saying that the list may only be shown to Internet providers registered in Belarus.

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