Internet Censorship in Belarus

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Date: 2010

Region: Europe

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Electronic Media

Artist: Anyone

Confronting Bodies: Belorussian Government

Date of Action: 2/1/2010

Location: Belarus

Description of Artwork: Any Internet site

The Incident: The government has passed a regulation, saying that they will compile a list of websites that will be forbidden to view. It is said to prevent sites that promote extremist activity, illicit circulation of weapons, ammunition, detonators, explosives, radioactive, contaminating, aggressive, poisonous, and toxic substances, drugs, psychotropic substances, and their precursors; assisting illegal migration and human trafficking; spreading pornography; promulgating violence, brutality, and other acts..." The list of banned sites will be closed to the public.

Results of Incident: The regulation currently remains in force.