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Type of site
Internet portal
Available inRussian, Belarusian
Created byYuri Zisser
Alexa rank4 (in Belarus) (December 2020)[1]
LaunchedOctober 2000
Current statusoffline

TUT.BY is a web portal from Minsk, Belarus, in Russian and Belarusian languages.[2] It has been runned since 2000.[2] It is a very big website in the country.[2]

Abstract[change | change source]

It is a website to read about the 2020 Belarusian protests and 2020 Belarusian presidential election, more.[2] Because of that, at the end of September 2020, the Ministry of Information of Belarus stopped the TUT.BYs media rights for three months from October 1.[2] The international organization Reporters Without Borders named it a cruel attack on the web portal.[3] The USA together with more than fifty other countries and the EU asked the Belarusian government to stop such attacks.[4][5]

Founder[change | change source]

Yuri Zisser (1960–2020) made the website in October 2000.[6] The website worked with digital media rights since January 2019.[6]

Problems[change | change source]

Journalist Katsyaryna Barysevich wrote an article about the death of Raman Bandarenka in 2020.[7] She was arrested in Minsk on November 19, 2020.[7] On March 2, 2021, she was sentenced to a half-year in prison and got a fine for that.[8]

On May 18, 2021, the TUT.BY office and the houses of its main people were looked for.[9] It was a result of the just opened TUT.BY tax evasion criminal case.[10] Since that day, the domain name was stopped working, copies of the TUT.BY website and the E-mail system of TUT.BY can't be opened.[9] The Ministry of Information of Belarus made such punishment for "prohibited information" that the website has been having over it.[11] One example of such information was named.[11] It was information of BYSOL.[11] BYSOL is a foundation that helps people who got punishments because of the 2020 Belarusian protests.[11] At least 18 people who worked for TUT.BY were arrested on May 18, 2021.[9]

As of May 25, 2021, 12 people were put in isolation centers, including the main editor Maryna Zolatava.[12] As of May 25, 2021, three people, including the widow of Yuri Zisser Julia Charnyauskaya, were under a house arrest.[12] On May 25, 2021, nine organizations (the Viasna Human Rights Centre, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and others) made a statement together.[12] They named all of 15 people political prisoners.[12]

On July 8, 2021, a part of journalists of TUT.BY that was free made the second website Zerkalo.io.[13] They said that this domain name is going to be used until TUT.BY can work in Belarus again.[13] Since July 8, 2021, the website Zerkalo.io can't be opened in Belarus.[14]

References[change | change source]

  1. "tut.by Competitive Analysis, Marketing Mix and Traffic". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on 2020-12-03.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 ČTK (2020-09-29). "Běloruská vláda se snaží umlčet web Tut.by, který pravidelně informuje o protestech" (in Czech). Aktuálně.cz.
  3. "Kritik an Lukaschenkos Medienpolitik" (in German). Reporters Without Borders. 2020-10-06. Archived from the original on 2020-10-06. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  4. "Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Belarus". U.S. Embassy in Belarus. 2020-10-28. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  5. "Сумесная заява аб сітуацыі з правамі чалавека ў Беларусі" (in Belarusian). Амбасада ЗША ў Беларусі. 2020-10-28. Archived from the original on 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Major Belarusian media founder dead at 59". Belsat. 2020-05-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Гуштын, Адар'я (2020-11-27). "Журналиста TUT.BY Катерину Борисевич перевели в СИЗО на Володарского. Письма ей почти не доходят" (in Russian). TUT.BY. Archived from the original on 2020-11-30. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  8. "Belarus journalist sentenced for report on protester's death". Associated Press. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "TUT.BY, «Трибуна» и еще 9 медиа, которые забанили в Беларуси, – вот как их читать" (in Russian). by.tribuna.com. 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  10. "Belarus raids top news site in widening crackdown". BBC News. 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "TUT.BY: Independent Belarus media website blocked after series of raids". Euronews. 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 "Заява аб прызнанні 15 затрыманых па справе TUT.BY палітычнымі зняволенымі" (in Belarusian). Viasna Human Rights Centre. 2021-05-25. Archived from the original on 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "«Когда независимых медиа в Беларуси становится меньше, пора запускать новые»: Команда TUT.BY запустила Zerkalo.io" (in Russian). Brestskaya Gazeta. 2021-07-08. Archived from the original on 2021-07-11. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  14. "Massive crackdown on independent media throughout Belarus". Belsat. 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2021-07-08.

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