Belsat TV journalist receives prosecutors’ warning


Smaliavichy district prosecutor’s office issued a warning to journalist Ales Silich for contributing to foreign mass media without accreditation.

According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Silich is going to appeal against the warning because it violates his constitutional right to gather and disseminate information.

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Volha Chaychyts and Ales Silich covered the public discussion of the Chinese-Belarusian industrial park project on April 13, 2013; ocal residents and opposition activists attending the meeting. Then police officers recorded the reporters’ personal data making a promise to “sort it out”.
A bit later Volha Chaychyts got a written warning “against contribution for foreign mass media without having the MFA’s accreditation” from the Prosecutor’s office.

To our deepest regret, Belsat’s representatives have to perform their professional duties without any registration. In April 2013 Belsat TV made another attempt to get a formal accreditation and filed all the necessary documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But in vain: the Ministry’s officers refused to register its correspondent office in Minsk referring to Belsat contributors’ alleged law violations. It is the third time that Lukashenka’s regime has turned our application down.
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