Prosecutor’s office warns Belsat TV contributor

Hrodna Region Prosecutor’s Office issued formal warnings to independent journalist Ales Dzianisau.

On December 3, Mr. Dzianisau was to appear at the Prosecutor’s Office. He was warned against ‘journalist activity without accreditation’, particularly for his covering the events held in the town of Svislach in commemoration of the 1863-64 anti-Russian uprising, the Belarusian Association of Journalists reports.

The prosecutors offered in evidence the photos taken during the action in Svislach which depict Mr Dzianisau with a camera, and a Belsat TV news segment containing the footage allegedly filmed by him.

In case Mr Dzianisau is warned one more time within a year, he may be sentenced to a fine.

It is the third time Ales Dzianisau has been summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office in connection with his contributing to our channel.


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 was the third time that Lukashenka’s regime had turned our application down.

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