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CPJ Blasts Belarus's 'Veiled Attempts At Tightening Censorship'

11.06.2018 CPJ Blasts Belarus's 'Veiled Attempts At Tightening Censorship'

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Belarusian lawmakers to reject proposed laws that could “further censor” the media in the country.

Joint Statement of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Blocked Access to Belaruspartisan.org and Charter97.org

12.02.2018 Joint Statement of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations on Blocked Access to Belaruspartisan.org and Charter97.org

Over the past two months, Belarus has resumed the practice of arbitrary restrictions on access to independent Internet media. Thus, the Government has blocked the popular information resources Belarusian Partisan (belaruspartisan.org) and Charter 97 (charter97.org), the media regularly covering the most topical social and political issues.

Amnesty International: Belarus uses telecoms firms to stifle dissent

07.07.2016 Amnesty International: Belarus uses telecoms firms to stifle dissent

Viasna’s website was illegally blocked and the Skype chats of the organization’s leader, Ales Bialiatski, were intercepted with the aim of compromising the human rights defender, Amnesty Internaitonal said in a report entitled It’s enough for people to feel it exists: Civil society, secrecy and surveillance in Belarus.

Viasna website blocked again

27.05.2016 Viasna website blocked again

The Belarusian authorities have enforced another blocking of access to the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. In particular, employees of government institutions cannot access the resource, which is “blocked under the laws of the Republic of Belarus.”

Amendments to Internet Control Prepared Secretly from the Public

17.05.2016 Amendments to Internet Control Prepared Secretly from the Public

On April 21, in the annual speech addressed to the Belarusian people, Aliaksandr Lukashenko told that the Ministry of Information had been charged with a task to draft a new law to control the Internet.

21.04.2016 Brest Court Recognized Zianon Pazniak's Books As Extremist Literature

Censors did not like the books The Good Photographs and The Defence Of Kurapaty. Peoples’ Memorial.

10.11.2015 1,000 copies of Vital Silitski's book destroyed

Book of political scientist Vital Silitski "The Long Road from Tyranny: Post-. Communist Authoritarianism and Struggle for Democracy in Serbia and Belarus" was released by the ARCHE journal publishing house in October 2015.

Books by Tatsiana Shchyttsova seized at Belarusian customs

10.04.2015 Books by Tatsiana Shchyttsova seized at Belarusian customs

20 copies of a collection of philosophical articles and reports "Anthropology. Ethics. Policy" written by a lecturer of the European Humanities University Tatsiana Shchyttsova have been taken away from Ihar Lohvinau at the Belarusian customs.

Some providers block access to opposition websites

27.03.2015 Some providers block access to opposition websites

Some providers have blocked access to opposition websites charter97.org and belaruspartisan.org. The problems with access have been reported by subscribers of Belinfonet, IP Telcom and Life.

12 books "Worm" were confiscated from Zmitser Dashkevich at the border

30.10.2014 12 books "Worm" were confiscated from Zmitser Dashkevich at the border

Ex-political prisoner Dashkevich wrote about it in his account in Facebook.

Prison censors confiscated Mikalai Statkevich's letter to his father

15.09.2014 Prison censors confiscated Mikalai Statkevich's letter to his father

Censors of the Mahiliou prison, where the former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich is serving his term, seized his letter to his father, Viktar Statkievich. This happened for the first time in nearly four years, notes Mikalai's wife, Maryna Adamovich.

Court of cassation confirms ban on Ales Bialiatski’s book

31.03.2014 Court of cassation confirms ban on Ales Bialiatski’s book

On March 31, the Hrodna Regional Court upheld the decision to ban Ales Bialiatski’s book “Asvechanyia Belarushchynai” (“Enlightened by Belarusian Issue”), having considered a cassation appeal by human rights defender Tatsiana Reviaka.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: “We will go back to debate on restricted access to spring96.org website”

21.02.2014 Valiantsin Stefanovich: “We will go back to debate on restricted access to spring96.org website”

Deputy Chairman of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" Valiantsin Stefanovich sent a private complaint to the Board of Civil Cases of the Minsk City Court to challenge a decision of the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk, who dismissed his lawsuit against blacklisting Viasna’s website.

Activist trying to protect Statkevich from censorship

25.11.2013 Activist trying to protect Statkevich from censorship

Leanid Haravy, member of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) and an activist of the Movement "For Freedom" from the town of Haradok, wrote a complaint against the administration prison No. 4 in Mahiliou concerning its attempts to restrict Mikalai Statkevich’s rights to correspondence.

Examination of the prohibited book by Ales Bialiatski abolished by the State Customs Committee until... a new examination

13.11.2013 Examination of the prohibited book by Ales Bialiatski abolished by the State Customs Committee until... a new examination

The member of the Board of the HRC "Viasna" Tatsiana Reviaka received a response to her complaint from the State Customs Committee. She appealed against the violations of the customs officials of the Ashmiany Customs Office during the appointment of an expert examination of the book by Ales Bialiatski “Enlightened by the Belarusian issue” and the violations on the part of the “expert commission” which concluded that the book "could damage the image of the Republic of Belarus".

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