Austrian-owned mobile operator helped block internet in Belarus, report | The Budapest Business Journal on the web



 Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 10:36

An Austrian-owned cellular operator has had a hand in limiting web entry in Belarus amid protests towards that nation’s longtime strongman chief Alexander Lukashenko, Polish Radio has stated, citing media experiences. 

Alexander Lukashenko, seen right here throughout a gathering, in Yerevan, Armenia on October 1, 2019. Picture by Asatur Yesayants /

The operator, A1 Belarus, agreed to disable web entry for customers throughout anti-government demonstrations and fed person knowledge to the Lukashenko regime, Polish Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper cited Austrian media as reporting.

That got here regardless of the Austrian authorities in early August condemning any makes an attempt to restrict web entry for residents by authorities in Belarus, the Polish every day stated.

The federal government in Vienna stated in an announcement to the Austrian media on the time that it was unacceptable to drive telecommunications operators to take action, based on Gazeta Wyborcza.

The assertion was issued after Lukashenko’s authorities disrupted web connectivity in Belarus in an try and stifle rising protests after that nation’s August 9 presidential election, based on the report.

The Austrian authorities holds 28% of telecommunications firm A1 Telekom, the proprietor of A1 Belarus, the Polish paper stated.

A1 Belarus has nearly 5 million clients in a rustic with a complete inhabitants of lower than 10 million. The operator advised Austrian journalists it was performing in accordance with Belarusian legislation, Gazeta Wyborcza reported.




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