TUT.by cannot resume its portal operation
Kyrylo Voloshin, co-founder of the Belarusian news portal TUT.BY, said that they were unable to resume the news portal's operation in form of a mirror site using other Internet addresses, as it is said on the Facebook page of the edition.
"The loss of access to our servers seems to be a hostile takeover," he said.
Voloshin believes that the servers on which the portal was hosted have been seized.
"Even if the Ministry of Information issued a decision to block TUT.BY on the territory of Belarus, foreign users should be able to access the site, as well as employees of the company," - said Voloshin.
He also said that the management of the news portal will apply to the Ministry of Information with a request to provide a list of those journalistic pieces due to which the work of the portal was blocked.
According to Voloshin, they may have to be taken down to resume the work of edition.
On May 18, as IMI reported, the access to TUT.BY web site has been blocked by the Ministry of Information of Belarus, and the offices have been searched by the officials of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee.
As of May 19, eight employees of the Belarusian portal TUT.BY have been detained,
On January 19, 2021, TUT.BY was deprived of its media status.
On December 3, 2020, the Economic Court of Minsk ruled to deprive the TUT.BY portal of the status of a mass medium. For its part, the portal filed an appeal against the decision of the Economic Court of Minsk.
On September 29, 2020, the Ministry of Information of Belarus deprived TUT.BY of the status of a mass media for three months from October 1.
On September 18, 2020, the ministry seized the court asking to stop publishing TUT.BY.