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Belarus to toughen control over Internet

Belarus to toughen control over Internet

Belarus' authoritarian leader is promising to toughen control over the Internet and Web users.
Alexander Lukashenko said Wednesday that people posting "lies and dirt" online should be subject to prosecution.
He told journalists that a new Internet bill proposed Tuesday requires the registration and identification of all online publications and of each Web user, including visitors to Internet cafes.
The Internet has been the last fully free medium in Belarus, a former Soviet Republic that Lukashenko has ruled with an iron fist since 1994. Many of the independent newspapers ordered closed have taken refuge in cyberspace. All television channels and most of the print media are state-controlled.


Updated : 2021-03-06 01:59 GMT+08:00