Belarusian authorities designate and as “extremist”

This statement was originally published on on 13 August 2021.

A judge of the Centraĺny District Court in Minsk on Friday applied an “extremist” label to, Belarus’ most popular independent news portal, and, a website launched last month by some members of the team.

The judge designated the content of and, their social media accounts and even logos as “extremist” at the request of the interior ministry.

The ruling means that a person or entity will face penalties for distributing any piece of the two websites’ content.

The team said in a statement that it would appeal the ruling. “We are confident that we have not broken the law and the interior ministry’s accusations are baseless,” it said.

On May 18, law enforcement officers raided the offices of and other companies controlled by Tut By Media LLC, as well as the homes of some of their workers. Fifteen people, including Editor in Chief Maryna Zolatava and a number of journalists, were arrested and have since been held in custody.

The State Control Committee announced on May 18 that criminal proceedings have been instituted against Tut By Media LLC senior executives under Part Two of the Criminal Code’s Article 243, which penalizes felony tax evasion.

On the same day, the information ministry blocked access to at the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

Some workers launched in July. The site, which became unavailable in Belarus hours after its launch, has the same design as

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