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Lukashenko bans media from covering unauthorized protest action

Source : 112 Ukraine

Results of exit polls cannot be published, if these were conducted without respective accreditation
15:51, 24 May 2021

Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko
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President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko signed a number of laws that amend certain bills about media and mass events. According to BelTA, the unauthorized protest actions cannot be covered by the media. 

"The laws forbid live coverage of mass events conducted in breach of the established order, as long as it aims for popularization and propaganda of these events. The ban will spread on reporters working for the media", reads the message.

Results of exit polls cannot be published, if these were conducted without respective accreditation

Prosecutors may restrict access to Internet sources and network outlets, which spread the news aiming to promote extremist activity or calling for such activity.

Information Ministry has the authority to shut down the media if they consider it necessary. Foreigners and foreign entities cannot act as founders of media outlets.

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The Committee for Information Area Safety can block access to Internet sources and cease broadcasting of media that spread messages damaging national interests.

A reporter may be deprived of accreditation if the established order of accreditation was breached or false information was spread.

The major provisions of the law take effect one week after the release.

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