The foreign Ministry of Belarus has commented on the detention of journalists and BelaPAN :: Policy :: RBC

The Department urged not to look for in the case of infringement of freedom of speech, noting that the situation does not lie in the political arena. Journalists and BelaPAN was detained on the case of unauthorized access to paid information from the state Agency

Marina Zolotova

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The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Belarus, commenting on the detention of journalists of the Internet portal and the news Agency BelaPAN, said that the case has nothing to do with media freedom in Belarus.

“Do not look for any other motive or pitfalls — the situation is in no way lies in the political arena and has no relation to the freedom of the media or journalistic activities in Belarus”, — said the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry of Belarus Anatoly Glaz.

On Tuesday, August 7, the Investigation Committee of Belarus has announced the arrest of several journalists of Belarusian mass media in the case of unauthorized access to pay-the ribbon, the state news Agency BelTA. It was about the arrest of the chief editor of the information portal Marina Zolotova, editor for the same publication Anna Kaltygina and a journalist of the BelaPAN Agency Tatiana Korovenkova.

The Belarusian Association of journalists reported about searches in a newspaper


All of them were suspected of committing a crime under part 2 of article 349 of the Criminal code of Belarus (unauthorised access to computer information made from other personal interest, causing essential harm).

It was also reported that in buildings where these media are searched. In addition, the website of the Belarusian Association of journalists were also informed about the searches in the editorial office of the Belarusian newspaper “Nauka”.

Earlier Tuesday the situation around the detention of journalists said RBC founder of the portal Yuri Zisser. According to him, the search conducted by the staff of management on fight against cybercrime of the police Department of Minsk city Executive Committee. Zisser admitted that I was surprised by the information about the penetration into a computer system. > > > “I can’t imagine why it was needed,” he said, adding, news BelTA appear on the BelTA website and they can all use. He could not say whether the blame the staff portal in the alleged acts. “In any case, this is not an initiative of the portal, because with our turnover, earnings savings 600 $ per month for the subscription is ridiculous,” he said.

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