Belarusian Media Claim Government Cyberattack
Belarusian independent media outlets are accusing the government of blocking their websites less than a week before the presidential election.
Websites of the BelaPAN news agency and the online publication Naviny.by have been unreachable since October 3 because of what is known as a distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack.
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.