21 August 2019, Wednesday, 7:20
We are in the same boat

Filaret suggested controlling Internet at meeting with Lukashenka


Metropolitan Filaret suggests the state to use experience of China in controlling Internet.

“There’s an urgent need to effectively regulate the contents of Internet at the legislative level,” Metropolitan Filaret said at the meeting between Alexander Lukashenka and members of the Belarusian Orthodox Synod, Interfax reports.

In this connection, the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church noted, the experience of China may be useful for Belarus.

“The Chinese experience is interesting because responsibility for using Internet lies on Internet providers instead of the state,” the Metropolitan said.

According to him, “Internet is an open door to the world and has an enormous influence on people’s minds.”

“The main threat is that most vulnerable categories, children and teen have easy access to immoral information, while their psyche is unstable. Virtual chaos is very dangerous for them,” the Metropolitan said.

He hopes that the state will pay attention to the problem of “open access to dirty resources”.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka addressed the members of the Belarusian Orthodox Synod at the meeting. The Belarusian ruler said the global crisis rested on moral, not financial problems.

“I believe that the crisis is rooted in the consciousness, moral standards of the whole world rather than in economy and finance. This is a psychological, moral crisis rather than economic and financial one,” Lukashenka said.