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Belarus protests fuelled by internet freedom, bad economy

Source: The Sofia Echo

Internet freedom and an economic free fall are combining for unprecedented protests in Belarus, a nation historically locked up by a Soviet-style leader.

Falling living standards are swelling protests against Alexander Lukashenko, the strongman who has long ruled Belarus through a combination of charisma and intimidation.

An opposition leader, Vladimir Neklyaev, emerged from a jail cell last month to find he had to catch up with the fast-moving Internet resistance movement.

Internet in Belarus is “under Censorship,” Reporters Without Borders

“International human rights organization Reporters Without Borders published a new list of Internet enemies, as well as a list of the countries where the global network is “under surveillance.” Belarus was included in the second list because of the Decree №60, as well as “pressure on the press during the election campaign” in Belarus.

The list of “countries-enemies of the Internet” includes Burma, Vietnam, China, Cuba, Iran, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Syria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.”

From Telegraf

Belarus denies censorship reports

“The Belarusian authorities have described as a “provocation” reports that it has requested major state media outlets not to mention artists and cultural figures criticizing the government.

Belarusian bloggers and opposition media have reported that a blacklist containing names of “art activists and groups” was sent to all major state-run media outlets. A copy of the list, which contains both Belarusian and foreign artists, has been posted on one of the opposition websites.

Bloggers have suggested the artists were “prohibited” over their criticism of the harsh response to opposition demonstrations following disputed presidential elections in December.”

From RIA Novosti

Belarus Police Arrest Opposition Leaders

“MINSK, Belarus — The government of President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko on Monday carried out a sweeping crackdown on opposition leaders and their supporters, making arrests that drew scathing condemnations from Western governments and seemed to imperil recent efforts to improve relations.

By late in the day, at least six of the nine opposition candidates who ran against Mr. Lukashenko in elections on Sunday were under arrest. The arrests followed an attempt by opposition supporters to storm the main government headquarters here in a futile effort to block the suspiciously lopsided re-election of Mr. Lukashenko, one of the world’s most authoritarian presidents.”

From The New York Times

Independent Media Sites in Belarus Reportedly Hijacked During Election

“Belarus is holding an election today. This election is particularly important because Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, sometimes referred to as the ‘last dictator of Europe,’ has allowed a fair degree of freedom throughout the campaign, including giving free airtime on national TV to opposition candidates, during which they were allowed to criticize him without censorship.

However, it appears that Belarus is continuing in its mixed record of allowing free access to opposition Internet sites during elections. I am getting reports from a digital activist whom I trust of DDoS attacks against a number of sites, which is common during times of crisis in authoritarian countries.”

From Hal Roberts

Full text of Internet censorship regulation released in Belarus

“The full force of Internet censorship will be applied from September 1, closer to the presidential elections.

The website of the so called Operative and Analytical Center at Lukashenka’s Administration published the text of the joint regulation of the Center and the Ministry of Communication “On Approval of the Regulation on Restriction of Access to Information Banned for Distribution under Legislative Acts for Internet Services Users”. Internet service providers are given a sort delay. The restrictions are to take full force from September 1, 2010, not July 1, as it was expected earlier, writes.”

From Charter 97