Euronews Goes Off Air in Belarus after License Expires

Belarusian authorities have stopped the European news network Euronews from broadcasting within the country after they refused to renew its license.

“We deeply regret the decision which has been taken to suspend, as of today, the broadcasting of Euronews in Belarus. We have not been notified of this decision nor of the reasons for it and learned of it this morning through the press,” announced Euronews.

The Belarusian Ministry of Information said that it had excluded Euronews from a list of foreign media with the right to broadcast in the country and would be replacing it with Pobeda (Victory) channel which has programming dedicated to World War II.

A spokeswoman from the Ministry said that Euronew’s broadcasting license had not been renewed because the channel violated legislation by running advertisements in English, instead of Russian or Belarusian.

“Since last summer, the authorities have systematically created, let us say, a Great Wall of China’ around Belarusian society. They have repressed journalists and shut down media outlets,” reacted Barys Haretski, deputy chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

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