Belarus’ counter-extremism laws used to restrict free expression

Like more and more governments worldwide, Belarusian authorities are using anti­extremism legislation to silence journalists and human rights workers. The threat for free speech lies in the broad definitions of “extremist activities​” and “extremist materials”. Under Belarusian law, extremist activities include “degrading of national honor and dignity”. Such provisions are contrary to international standards of freedom of expression. This concerns the work of critical artists to a high degree. Organisations are reporting during the last months several “counter extremism” activities against journalists and artists.

Article: Index on Censorhip