Court blocked access to bloggers’ platform Enigma.ua and to dozens others websites
On July 23, the Pechersk district court in Kyiv ruled to restrict access to the Enigma.ua blogger platform and to nearly 20 other websites, as “Media Detektor” reported, referring to Enigma.ua. The report from the “Freenet” ISP first indicated that the platform was blocked “on the basis of the presidential decree of May 15, 2017” (this decree also blocked access to Russian resources - VK, Yandex. Mail.ru, etc.). Then, the text of the notice has been modified: "Access to this resource is restricted in accordance with applicable law and / or court order." The Triolan ISP and a number of mobile providers also blocked the website. Instead, Kyivstar has already filed an appeal against this decision. "The order requires to block us by almost all major providers, including mobile ones, due to this the majority of our users start facing problems as to accessibility to the website," as Enigma.ua said. Enigma.ua claimed that the reason for the blockage was the article entitled "In Ukraine, many law enforcement officers are united in organized criminal groups to fight human rights defenders." “We have already appealed to the lawyers and through court we are going to cancel this ruling and demand to punish those who settled to block websites by means of the criminal proceeding that has nothing to do with the resources and its owners. For the duration of this decision, we have to use the backup domain https://enigma.club in order not to disappear completely from the media landscape and not to lose our audience, ”the message said. In addition, according to Enigma.ua, the decision of the judge of the Pechersk District Court Sergei Vovka restricted access to about 20 sites, without having notifying its of it. IMI reported, on May 15, 2017, President Petro Poroshenko signed the decree implementing the decision of the National security and defense council “On application of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions)”, which supposed to block access to Russian social networks “VKontakte” and “Odnoklassniki”, and also to Yandex and Mail.ru services.
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