Sports website Tribuna labeled extremist, its website blocked

A Vitsebsk district court decision was based on the materials of the regional department of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption. In addition to the main portal, the court banned the Telegram channel, a chat room with the same name, its Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vkontakte accounts, and mobile applications.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs said that the administrators of those resources “were posting materials calling for extremist activity”. According to the current legislation, people will be held administratively liable for publishing and reposting information from these sources.

The Tribuna journalist, blogger, and forward of the Krumkachy football club Aliaksandr Ivulin has been in the pre-trial detention center since 3 June. First, he received 30 days of administrative detention for allegedly having a white-red-white flag on the window. Then the journalist was charged with the organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or active participation in them (Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code). Allegedly, there was a photo of Ivulin on the roadway during the march so he has been charged with “blocking traffic”. The journalist is recognized as a political prisoner.

In addition, the Ministry of Information also blocked the regional website today. It published news from the Belarusian cities of Zhodzina and Barysau.

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