Website and social networks of Belsat TV channel recognized as extremist

A court in Gomel on July 27 declared the website and social networks of the Belarusian opposition TV channel Belsat to be extremist.

The decision was made on the basis of materials from the inspection of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, the department said in its telegram channel.

Let us remind you that the dissemination (repost) of information from extremist sources entails administrative responsibility with a penalty in the form of a fine or arrest.

Belsat started broadcasting in 2007. The project was created as a structural unit of Polish Television with funding from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In February 2021, a court in Minsk sentenced Belsat employees Daria Chultsova and Yekaterina Bakhvalova (pseudonym Andreeva) to two years in prison, who in November 2020 streamed from a rally in memory of the deceased opposition supporter Roman Bondarenko. The rally was dispersed by the police, and the Belsat journalists were found guilty of organizing it.

After the protests in 2020, media and non-profit organizations in Belarus are massively closed, and their employees are detained. In June, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus demanded that the website and social networks, the largest Belarusian online publication, be declared extremist, which had been blocked a month earlier, and more than 10 of its employees were arrested.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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