List of “extremist” content updated: Ukrainian TV channel, film about Pavel Sharamet, popular pranker’s pages

02.02.2023 Source: Служба маніторынгу Беларускай асацыяцыі журналістаў

The Ministry of Information updated the Republican Extremist Content List. New media from Belarus and Ukraine and certain video content were declared extremist.

The information regulator has once again updated the database of “extremists”. In addition to the Belarusian media, this time the list includes a resource from Ukraine.

Pryamyi TV Channel has 2,360,000 subscribers on YouTube, extensively covers Russian military aggression, and sharply criticizes Lukashenka’s regime for complicity in war crimes.

Another list item is implicitly related to Ukraine. The video titled “New facts about the murder of Pavel Sharamet” is classified as “extremist content.” The story aired on Belsat TV channel in July 2021 and was timed to an anniversary of the murder of the well-known journalist in the center of Kyiv – exactly on the day of Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s first inauguration. The investigation raised questions as to why, after so much time, neither the contractor, nor the motives of the assassination were named, and, most importantly, about what role the Belarusian special services played in the murder of Pavel Sharamet.

Another “extremist lot” is the social media pages related to Hrodna journalist Ruslan Kulevich. He left for Poland because of persecution and founded the MOST multimedia project there. As a result, most of the content produced by his team was banned.

Another Hrodna online community on vk.com, Hrodna News, was also declared extremist.

Finally, a portion of the state’s attention was also awarded to vlogger Andrei Pavuk. He hasn’t lived in Belarus for a long time, but he makes top officials nervous with his pranks. Two of his TikTok accounts were banned by Krupki District Court.

As of today, the total number of items harmful to the current Belarusian regime is approaching 1500.