first_imgNews Read in Russian / Читать по-русски Related documents Беларусь 2012PDF – 122.31 KB Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 27, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Follow the news on Belarus “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belarus While Belarus sinks into political isolation and an economic slump, President Lukashenko’s regime has been strenghtening its grip on the Web. The Internet – a mobilization and information platform – has received the full brunt of the authorities’ brutal crackdown on the opposition. to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia News The Internet has played a crucial role in a climate marked by intensified censorship and a hunt for journalists. Foreign – and particularly Russian – reporters are now personae non gratae. Some 100 Belarusian journalists were interrogated in 2011 alone, and over 30 given prison terms, as were Irina Khalip, correspondent for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and Natalia Radzina, editor of the Charter97.org website, who was forced to seek asylum in Lithuania. Pressures on netizens and the number of cyberattacks on the media have been multiplying. Surveillance has become routine.Internet filtering, provided for by Decree 60 (see the Belarus chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report) has increased. The blacklist of blocked websites, which has been steadily growing since the unrest of December 2010, now includes the news website Charter97.org, the opposition website belaruspartisan.org, the human rights NGO Viasna’s website, and humorist Yauhen Lipkovich’s blog on LiveJournal. Crackdown intensified in times of unrestIn December 2010, demonstrations against the re-election of Lukashenko led the regime to intensify its crackdown. A new series of destabilizing events induced it to try to impose a genuine blackout on media coverage of the Minsk metro bombing in April 2011. Journalists deemed too focused on the investigation were labeled “scoundrels” and “criminals,” and were accused of “disseminating false information” and “defamation.” The Charter97.org and belaruspartisan.org websites, known for their criticisms of government policy, were the target of cyberattacks. On 12 April 2011, Belarusian Prosecutor General Grigory Vasilevitch set the tone by openly declaring that he wanted “to restore order” on the Web.In June and July 2011, peaceful anti-regime demonstrations were harshly repressed: hundreds of people were arrested, including dozens of journalists, and the Internet was partially blocked during “silent protests” without slogans or banners, which took place throughout the country. In addition to denouncing the regime itself, participants objected to deteriorating living conditions and the devaluation of their currency. The “Revolution through Social Networks” campaign, widely circulated on Twitter via hashtag #2206v1900 and on the Russian-language version of Facebook, Vkontakte, spread like wildfire. Intimidation and “preventive conversations”In view of the mobilization’s magnitude, Belarusian authorities began to take the offensive on the Internet. The “Revolution through Social Networks” group, which boasted 216,000 members, was shut down by Vkontakte just before the 3 July 2011 protests. It reopened the next day at a new address, losing many participants in the process. The Vkontakte website was blocked for several hours on 13 July 2011 by several Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including ByFly. On 3 July, the Belarusian service website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was hit by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that shut it down for several hours.Under pretense of a “friendly get-together,” the police invited some netizens to “preventive conversations” in order to persuade them to stop protesting and covering the protests. Despite these pressures, many blogs and online media such as euroradio.by, Babruiski Rehiyanalny Portal (in Babruisk), Silnye Novosti (in Gomel), and Ximik.info (in Novopolotsk) covered the demonstrations. Youtube actively relayed video clips of the events.Not only did the government censor online protests, but it also used the Web to intimidate demonstrators: for example, the Interior Ministry – who created its Twitter account (@mvd_by) in April 2011, later followed by the Minsk Police Department (@GUVD_Minsk) – did not hesitate to tweet warning messages during the demonstrations: “To all persons going to the city square (…): you will have to answer for it.” In addition, the Belarus ISP BelTelecom redirected netizens trying to connect to Vkontakte to sites containing malware. From early May to early June 2011, at least seven websites were shut down at the request of the police, who had been granted new prerogatives by the Law of March 1, 2011.The authorities pursued the offensive through legislation. Following Decree 60 of February 2010, Law 317-3, which took effect in Belarus on 8 January 2012, reaffirmed Internet surveillance and reinforced Net censorship in Belarus with a repressive arsenal. Already included among the main provisions of Decree 60 of February 2010 was the obligation of ISPs and cybercafés to collect Internet users’ personal data and conduct citizen surveillance, and the option for authorities to order the blocking of any site deemed “extremist” (a vague definition which regularly leads to the overblocking and closure of opposition websites). The new law provides sanctions against those who violate such provisions. Although non-commercial entities do not seem to be directly affected by the part of the law which requires Belarusian company websites to be hosted or duly registered in the country, the authorities may still draw up a list of banned sites controlled by state bodies. In January 2012, the European Union strengthened its sanctions against certain Belarusian individuals and entities by subjecting them to travel restrictions and a potential assets freeze. The regime cannot resolve the country’s problems by sinking into a repressive hysteria that would only exacerbate tensions. It is urgent for it to hear the international community’s appeals to reason and put an end to its aimless repression and war on information.last_img read more

Bear broke into Gatlinburg cabin, made off with candy and two beers

first_imgVacationers in Gatlinburg, TN got quite the surprise after a bear broke into their rental cabin and ransacked the place, making off with candy and two beers. Michelle Eberhart told CNN that the bear opened a locked door and entered the cabin while she and a friend were chatting inside. The women ran upstairs and hid in a bedroom while the bear poked around. Though Eberhart couldn’t see what was happening downstairs, she says she thinks a second bear entered the cabin, too, and that both bears were pretty active. They knocked over the garbage and “scratched up a lot of stuff.” Ultimately, they made off with five pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a pound of M&M’s, two pounds of Sour Patch Kids, two bags of potato chips, a tub of peanut butter pretzels and two bags of Dove salted caramel—as well as two beers, two Diet Cokes and some allergy medicine. As the trip continued with fun hikes and beautiful views, the guests continued to run into bears! Michelle Ray was one of the vacationers and recounts the event: Eventually, officers were able to shoo the bears outside and away from the cabin. Apparently, though, the bears came back for another visit! Thankfully, they did not get back in the cabin. Before the bear entered the cabin bears hadn’t even crossed my mind. I have been to the area many times and only rarely seen bears and when I had they were at a distance. It never occurred to me that I would have a close encounter.  To think back on it now I believe we were both initially in shock. There was a lot of screaming and nervous laughter. I was focused on getting us upstairs to safety right away. “While we enjoyed our quiet morning catching up with each other after several months of not seeing each other the bear forced its way through the back door. We were just sitting there when (the other) Michelle started pointing too scared to speak. I saw the bear break the doorframe and enter just feet from where we were sitting. I jumped over the couch and got Michelle out of her frozen shock while yelling, stomping, and doing anything I could think of to discourage the bear from continuing in.  In the hours and days that followed there were tons of interview requests and licensing offers. In the end, we just enjoyed the interviews and continued to share the videos freely. In the difficult times of Covid lockdowns with my own mother suffering and currently in ICU the story was a welcome distraction from it all.” We probably spent 15 minutes locked in a bedroom freaking out before we came out to where you see in the videos.  When it was over we were just relieved. Nobody was hurt and the damage was minimal, so it was just a wild experience we would forever share. It did become frightening when the bears continued to return. last_img read more

Buttler leads England to series win against Australia

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – Jos Buttler led England to a series win with seven balls and one game to spare against Australia at the Ageas Bowl, stroking a fluent 77 not out in a comfortable chase of 158.Buttler started surprisingly slowly in the run chase, reaching the halfway mark on just 25 from 24 balls, but put his foot on the gas in the back half, pacing his innings to perfection despite a slight wobble as England lost three wickets in 22 balls.Australia recovered from 3 for 2 and 30 for 3 to reach 157 after choosing to bat first, after Jofra Archer and Mark Wood ripped through the top order in a frighteningly quick new-ball spell. Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis’ innings helped them to a respectable score, but it never looked like being enough.England lightning-fast startPowerplay wickets have been a real problem for England this calendar year: coming into this game, they had taken only three in 36 overs, and Eoin Morgan had repeated highlighted new-ball bowling as an area for improvement.But this time they managed to double the tally for the year thanks to hostile spells from Archer and Wood, whose combined average speed in the first two overs was above 90mph/145kph. Archer struck earlier, removing David Warner with a lifter in the off-stump channel that cut him in half, with the on-field decision upheld as Ultra-Edge confirmed it had flicked the glove on the way through to Buttler.Alex Carey was given a promotion to No. 3, with Glenn Maxwell shifting down in an attempt to solve Australia’s middle-order conundrum, but looked all at sea in his brief stay, eventually feathering behind off Wood as he backed away to leave Australia 3 for 2.Archer’s second over started with a 95.8mph/154.2kph ball the beat Finch, though his second ball was pulled for six. Steven Smith got up and running with two pulled boundaries – a four and a six – off Tom Curran, before he took on a quick single to Morgan at short midwicket and was run out with a direct hit to leave Australia reeling at 30 for 3.England had been successful hitting the pitch at the death in the first game, and maintained a similar plan with the new ball today; Wood’s yorker to Marcus Stoinis, the penultimate delivery of the sixth over, was the first ball that registered full of a length in ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball data.Finch, Stoinis lead recoveryStoinis looked scratchy throughout his innings on Friday night, managing 23 not out off 18 balls as Australia fell two runs short in their chase. Coming in with the field restrictions still in place, he looked more comfortable in this innings, rebuilding in a 49-run partnership with Finch that laid some foundations for late-innings acceleration.He was surprised by a sharp legbreak, steering to slip to give Adil Rashid a wicket off the last ball of his spell in consecutive games, but Maxwell’s enterprising cameo and some old-fashioned long-handle hitting from Pat Cummins took Australia to a respectable – if slightly below-par – 157 for 7 on a used pitch.Malan’s run continuesEngland stuck with their bowler-heavy combination, resisting the temptation to bring in Sam Curran with brother Tom still carded at No. 7 instead, so it was important that their top order did the bulk of the scoring in the run chase.Jonny Bairstow fell early to a freak dismissal, becoming the first Englishman out hit wicket in T20Is as his bat swung around into his stumps following an attempted pull, leaving Buttler and Dawid Malan with a job to do.Malan started characteristically slowly, reaching 15 off 15 balls, but grew in fluency and reinforced his ability against spin in the middle overs, hitting the first two deliveries of the ninth and tenth overs for four. He would have been frustrated to hole out to deep midwicket off Ashton Agar for 42, but he extended his freakish T20I record, now averaging 50.84 with a 147.87 strike rate after 15 innings.Buttler’s brillianceButtler hit three early boundaries off the spinners, including an beautiful punch through the covers and a dismissive crack over mid-on, but was unusually sedate early in his innings and he moved to 25 off 24 balls at halfway.But he found his groove in the second half of the innings, hitting boundaries in the 11th, 12th, 13th overs and two in the 14th to make sure England weren’t tied down at any stage, despite losing three wickets in four overs.Finch attacked early, Mitchell Starc bowling three in the Powerplay and one in the 15th, leaving the spinners to bowl at the death, and after Moeen Ali took the pressure off with two languid flows of the bat for six and four at the start of the 19th, Buttler sealed the game with seven balls to spare with an enormous straight six off Zampa.Since his promotion to the top of the Rajasthan Royals’ batting order in May 2018, Buttler has now averaged 47.13 with a strike rate of 153.86 as an opener, with 15 half-centuries in 33 innings. Morgan reiterated before this series that England would continue to use him in that role, and it is increasingly difficult to make the case that he should bat anywhere else.last_img read more