The Minsk police have detained two persons who work for tut.by, one of the biggest media outlets in Belarus.
“Hanna Yermachonak and Dzmitry Bobryk have been detained. Hanna is an editor at the popular science department; Dzmitry works at the financial department,” Yuliya Charnyauskaya, the wife of tut.by founder Yury Zisser, said on Facebook.
As reported earlier, the Minsk police raided the offices of tut.by, one of the biggest media outlets in Belarus, and BelaPAN, the only private news agency in the country. Computers and documents were seized in the course of the searches.
After Iryna Akulovich, Head of state-controlled news agency BelTA, had reported ‘illegal access to their premium content’, the Belarusian Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case under the article ‘unauthorized access to computer information, made out of personal interest, which caused significant harm’. According to the authorities’ version, some employees of the above-mentioned media outlets have used another person’s password and got information owned by the Lukashenka mouthpiece over the past two years.
Tut.by journalists Halina Ulasik, Maryna Zolatava, Hanna Kaltyhina, Ulyana Babayed and BelaPAN reporter Tatsyana Karavyankova were also detained. Ulasik, Zolatava and Kaltyhina will reportedly have to spend three days behind bars.