MINSK, 6 August (BelTA) – Internet users should face responsibility for their actions online. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement in an interview with the Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon, BelTA has learned.
The interviewer asked Aleksandr Lukashenko about the freedom of speech in Belarus. The head of state responded by saying that various mass media operate in the country, a lot of information can be found online. “There are state-run mass media. Naturally they offer no tabloid facts and tolerate no swearing,” he said. “Honestly speaking, I would like people to stop swearing even online. Internet is the greatest accomplishment of the mankind. And we already recognize it. But not everything is perfect in it, to put it mildly. Yes, self-expression is a good thing but people have to face responsibility for it.”
“It is necessary to iron out a few quirks, polish Internet in this regard in order to enable responsibility,” Aleksandr Lukashenko continued. “Then this worldwide web will benefit the mankind. Otherwise, it will send the planet into chaos.”