Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Full Text Of Internet Censorship Regulation Released In Belarus

Posted by Info on 06/07/2010

The full force of Internet censorship “On Approval of the Regulation on Restriction of Access to Information Banned for Distribution under Legislative Acts for Internet Services Users”. will be applied from September 1 2010.

1. The Belarusian State Telecommunication Inspection makes a list of forbidden websites on the ground of proposals of appropriate governmental bodies. Legal persons, individual entrepreneurs and “concerned citizens” have the right to help the governmental bodies to prepare the lists. An IP address, domain name, or an URL may serve as an identifier of a banned Internet resource. The regulation no longer contains an item on content filtering. If a Belarusian site (one on the national segment of the Internet) is included in the black list, the owner will receive a notice about putting the website on the blocklist.

2.The list will be published on the website of the Telecommunication Inspection, but will be closed for public. Only the list of banned websites located on the national Internet segment will be on open access. Internet service providers may extend blocklists on their desire.

3. An ISP can restrict
access for a client only on the latter’s request. The exception is governmental agencies and organizations as well as education and culture organizations. For them, access to interesting websites will be restricted on a compulsory basis.

4. Websites can also be removed from the blacklist. A decision on removal of the Internet resource identifiers from the restriction list must be taken by the governmental body that earlier put the website on the list.

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