The Belarusian authorities have banned the European television channel Euronews from broadcasting in the country, and critics of the Alexander Lukashenko regime see it as a censorship system.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus said on Monday: “The Ministry of Information has shut down the foreign TV program Euronews.” He added that the French channel will be replaced by Russian programs in World War II.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Ria Novosti that Euronews’ broadcasting license was not renewed because the advertisement was broadcast in English instead of being translated into Russian or Belarusian.
Ales Bialiatski, the head of the NGO “Viasna”, warned that Belarus “is falling into information isolation, which is what the regime wants”.
Independent journalist and analyst Hanna Liubakova (Hanna Liubakova) said that this is an attempt to restrict access to information, but at the same time pointed out that the country is fortunate to be covered by the Internet.
The large-scale protest movement against President Alexander Lukashenko shaken Belarus in 2020, but the authorities continue to brutally suppress Belarus.
The opposition is challenging Lukashenko’s re-election in the presidential election last August and demanding his resignation.