Censorship in Belarus

Web Cartoons in a Closed Society: Animal Farm as an Allegory of Post-Communist Belarus. Written by: Olena Nikolayenko. “Political humor directed at President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is beyond the official boundaries of the permissible in Belarus, a former Soviet Republic tucked away on the eastern border of the European Union and often labelled ‘Europe’s last dictatorship.’ In August 2005, KGB officers raided the Minsk office of the civic group Third Way, confiscated the computer equipment, and threatened criminal charges for posting animated cartoons on the group’s website www.00mult.3dway.org. Oleg Minich, the cartoonist and founder of the virtual cartoon club Multclub, faced imprisonment of up to five years.”

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