In Belarus, the Internet resources of the Polish TV channel Belsat were recognized as an extremist formation, according to the official Telegram channel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic.
By the decision of the department, the activity of “a group of citizens united through the Internet resources of“ Belsat ”is prohibited in the country. “The list of organizations, formations, individual entrepreneurs involved in extremist activities has been updated,” it was reported.
The groups of the channel on various platforms in social networks, applications, video hosting and messengers are classified as extremist groups, among other things.
Belsat is a Polish satellite TV channel that broadcasts mainly in the Belarusian language, but it is not accredited in the country.
Earlier, the government of Belarus adopted a resolution, according to which the Ministry of Internal Affairs is instructed to maintain and post on its website lists of organizations, formations and persons involved in extremist activities. The document created legal conditions for the recognition of groups of citizens carrying out extremist activities, including through Internet resources, social networks and instant messengers, as extremist formations. Their list has been published and is regularly updated.
In February, a court in Minsk sentenced two Belsat journalists Darya Chultsova and Katerina Bakhvalova (Andreeva) to two-year terms of imprisonment. They were detained after a live broadcast from the place where the security forces dispersed the demonstrators in one of the courtyards of Minsk on November 15, 2020. The correspondents became involved in a criminal case on the organization of actions that grossly violate public order. Chultsova and Andreeva became the first journalists in the country to receive prison sentences for organizing protests in the republic after last year’s presidential elections.
Earlier it was reported that migrants wounded two Polish soldiers trying to break through the Belarusian-Polish border.
It also became known that the European Union threatened Belarus with new sanctions due to the situation with migrants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko “aims to use people as a political tool.”