Poczobut: No more ‘people’s hero’

There is still some good news in the times of apathy, political and social pessimism: the criminal investigation against journalist Andrzej Poczobut is closed because his guilt was not proved.

The Belarusian Investigation Committee has made an attempt to sort out whether Mr Poczobut did abuse the head of state. While his articles were being examined by linguists from Belarusian universities the reporter had no right to leave his native place. Both Gazeta Wyborcza, the Polish newspaper Mr Poczobut works for, and Belarusian independent media were keeping the finger on the pulse.

“As for common people, Aliaksandr Lukashenka has become very unpopular among them. When I was accused of libel I was broadly supported: sometimes taxi drivers gave me a lift and refused to be paid,” the journalist said.

Andrzej Poczobut recollects that a lot of people felt indignant hearing somebody voicing criticism on Lukashenka at the very outset of his presidential career; but those days are gone, the reporter states.



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