Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus Threatens Polish Reporter

Posted by Info on 13/03/2011

The Belarusian Prosecutor’s Office has warned Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarus correspondent of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza daily, that he will be prosecuted if he continues writing articles about the regime.
Poczobut has repeatedly criticized Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and described repressions against the Belarusian opposition and the Union of Poles in Belarus.

The Polish Foreign Ministry deprived Poczobut of accreditation in 2009 and since has since refused to issue a new document.
“A series of articles about events in Belarus have been published on Gazeta Wyborcza’s web site under your name. We have established that you have no accreditation”,Grodno District prosecutor Viktar Marozau wrote.

Similar warnings were previously sent to Polish correspondents of Belsat television and Radio Racja, both of which broadcast in Belarus. According to Belarusian law, journalists who work without accreditation can be fined, although no such cases have been reported yet.

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