By Wajeeha Ahmad
Wajeeha Ahmad is a rising senior at MIT studying mathematics.
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of expression is the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.  The ability to exercise this freedom without fear is central to living in an open and fair society. Although access to the Internet affords ease of expression, in all too many countries around the world, citizens find that governments block or restrict access to the internet, or close down sites that represent a particular viewpoint.
In December 2014, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko approved the law titled "On introducing amendments to the Law on Mass Media of the Republic of Belarus." Based on vaguely formulated legal provisions, these amendments give the state the expansive right to interfere with any information posted on the Internet. At the end of 2014, more than 10 informational resources were blocked for some time without legal grounds for doing so. Moreover, the government in Belarus has gone after journalists who seek to skirt state censorship by broadcasting from outside the country. Early this year, a journalist was found guilty of “illegal dissemination of media products” for having “illegally interviewed” residents of a Belarusian village for Belsat, an independent Belarusian channel that broadcasts from neighboring Poland.