Belarus… A bit of the Old and New

Until January 2005, when Beltelecom blocked access to two Russian gay websites (which now appear to be down), Internet filtering was never officially acknowledged. During election in Belarus in 2001 several opposition websites experienced “suspicious problems“. Similar suspicious outages occurred during the 2004 election. Now, not only does Belarus have official filtering in place, but the authorities also resort to takedown procedures. A forum, Grodnensky Forum (, was closed down because it contained posts thatwere critical of the president and local politicians.

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