Independent news sites blocked in authoritarian Belarus

December 21, 2014 1:45 PM

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MINSK, Belarus – Several independent news websites have been blocked in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, where the government exerts close control of news media.

There was no official word on who was responsible for the blockages that began Sunday, but a statement from the private news agency BelaPAN said "the decision to block IP addresses can be made only by the authorities." Three of BelaPAN's websites were blocked, along with the Internet newspaper Solid...

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