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Lozovik: Some websites are set up to flood Internet with negative information

Society 17.12.2014 | 18:28
MINSK, 17 December (BelTA) – Some websites are created specifically to inject negative information into the Internet, Secretary of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Belarus Nikolai Lozovik told BelTA.

“Such Internet pages are sometimes created with a purpose to litter the world wide web, and to distribute slanderous and unreliable information. I believe that it is high time we put an end to it,” Nikolai Lozovik said.

He said that he once tried to write a comment on the forum of one of Internet resources that posted discrediting information about Belarus, its people and government. “This information was interspersed with dirty words. When I tried to submit my positive comment about our country, the message did not get through. It was not posted. Here we can see the ideological bias of the resource – to distribute only negative information, not people's opinion in general. Therefore, I believe that some regulation should be enforced in this field,” he noted.

On 17 December the amendments to the Law on Mass Media passed two readings at the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus. Before the document was passed, Information Minister of Belarus Lilia Ananich noted that today some resources post incorrect information about this or that person. “The liability is not formalized anywhere, however we understand that it would be wrong to involve each of us into court proceedings,” Lilia Ananich said. Therefore, if some website posts wrongful content, the Information Ministry will be able to issue a warning or demand that the information be deleted. “If we see that owners of Internet resources are not law-abiding, we will take measures in line with the suggested Article 51-1 [amendments to the Law on Mass Media], which will result in the blocking of this Internet resource,” she noted.

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