EX-PRESS.BY independent media deprived of domain name

27.04.2023 Source: Беларуская асацыяцыя журналістаў

The Belarusian Association of Journalists became aware of another case of extrajudicial deprivation of the domain name of a non-state media outlet in the Belarusian segment of the Internet. This time the editorial board of EX-PRESS.BY came under attack, an Internet resource reporting on the events in Barysau and Zhodzina.

Some time ago Mila Paliak, the owner of the EX-PRESS.BY domain name, received an email from the Operative Analytical Center under the President of Belarus. It said that the site owner was to confirm the accuracy of the registration data within 7 days of receiving the request. The confirmation should have been made in person in the company’s office.

Since the addressee did not respond to the notice within the specified period, this was considered a violation of the domain name registration procedure.

On this gounds, the national administrator took the sole decision to suspend the EX-PRESS.BY domain name registration with Mila Paliak.

In October 2021 some content of the EX-PRESS.BY media outlet were declared “extremist” by the prosecutor’s office. In February 2023, for unknown reasons, the decision was reiterated in court, thus making the journalists of the publication “double extremists”.

In order not to put its staff at risk, the editorial board decided to “evacuate” them from Belarus. This is the primary reason why personal presence in the registrar’s office is impossible. Moreover, no piece of legislation stipulates it.

The other day the Belarusian Association of Journalists told a similar story about canceling domain name registration of another independent edition, allegedly because of a “failed data check”. The name of the media outlet has not yet been disclosed, as its employees in Belarus are under potential threat.

Previously the information resource was recognized as an “extremist formation”, and it looked like the radical measures were connected with this status. But it seems that the task of the controllers is to “optimize” all those who are disloyal to the current regime.


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