Lukashenka signs laws prohibiting journalists from participating in uncoordinated rallies and collecting donations to pay fines

Alexander Lukashenko signed amendments to the law on mass events, which, in particular, prohibit journalists from covering uncoordinated actions in real time. This was reported on the National Legal Internet Portal of the Republic of Belarus.

Also, in the performance of their duties, journalists are prohibited from acting as organizers or participants in mass events.

In addition, the amendments prohibit the collection, receipt and use of funds and other property (performance of work, provision of services) for reimbursement of expenses due to prosecution for violation of the procedure for holding mass events.

At the same time, Lukashenka signed amendments to the law on mass media. Which, among other things, prohibit the media from publishing the results of public opinion polls related to the socio-political situation, conducted without obtaining the necessary accreditation. It is also not allowed to post hyperlinks to messages and materials containing information, the distribution of which is prohibited.

Among other things, the law now prohibits foreigners, stateless persons, foreign legal entities and legal entities with foreign participation from being founders of mass media “regardless of the time of their creation,  BelTA writes .

The law on mass media also added the ability to restrict access to a copy of an Internet resource (mirror), access to which was previously restricted.

Amendments to the laws on public events and on the media will enter into force one month after their official publication.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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