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Citizens of Belarus Restricted by New Law to Access Foreign Websites

Written on January 06, 2012 by Rudfer Tyron

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Accessing restricted websites is considered illegal and is punishable by law in Belarus

The government of is definitely taking internet censorship seriously nowadays. As of today, January 6, 2012, a new law has taken effect, restricting Belarusians from accessing foreign websites and other forbidden pages that they deem as “extremist” and “pornographic”.

The new law called, Improvements to the Usage of the National Segment of the Internet, law number 317-3, forbids their citizens to conduct ecommerce with websites outside the country’s “.by” domain name. This means that all companies, individuals, local business owners should use the local portal to conduct business, provide services and exchanging emails.

Internet cafes are also required to submit the names of their customers who have visited the restricted sites.

Those who will be caught breaking the law and people providing the internet connection where the cyber crime is committed will have to pay the fines of up to 1 million Belarus rubles (about $125 USD) by the police, secret police and tax authorities.

The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has been condemned for his attempts to supress the rights of their citizens and political opponents. He also has banned travel to their country. His iron fist rule has been compared to those of Hitler’s and North Korea’s Kim Jong-il.

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