The court in Minsk declared extremist materials of the social networks of the Belarusian service “Radio Liberty” . This was reported by the publication itself.
The decision was made based on the materials of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption (GUBOPiK) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus.
“We are witnessing the largest attack by the authorities on freedom of speech and independent media in the history of sovereign Belarus,” RFE / RL said.
At the end of November, the publication’s telegram channel was briefly hacked . Links to pro-government channels appeared in it. At the same time, a post appeared on the GUBOPiK telegram channel with the words “Radio freedom Belarus is all. More details soon … “.
Previously, Belarusian authorities declared extremist materials of social networks and other independent media sites, including Tut.by . “Belsata” , “Nasha Niva” . Two publications – Belsat and the Belapan news agency – have been named extremist groups.
In addition, dozens of telegram chats and telegram channels have been declared extremist in Belarus . Most of them are associated with last year’s protests in the country. Among them is the channel of the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, which has more than 99 thousand subscribers.
The Belarusian authorities have repeatedly threatened subscribers of “extremist” telegram channels and media with criminal liability.