News for 1 Dec 2008

01.12.2008 Reporters Without Borders call Belarusian authorities not to increase surveillance of Internet

Reporters Without Borders has learned that two independent newspapers that were dropped from official distribution networks for criticizing the government - the weekly Narodnaya Volia and the fortnightly Nasha Niva - yesterday signed contracts that will allow them to appear in the state postal monopoly Belposhta’s newspaper subscription catalogue and to be on sale in the state-owned Belsayuzdruk’s chain of newsstands.

01.12.2008 Lukashenka signed law on protection of information

On 10 November Alexander Lukashenka signed the law On Information, Informatization, and Information Protection. It was published on 26 November and will come into force six months after the publication.

01.12.2008 Authorities disrupt fest in honor of Slutsk uprising

The owner of a Minsk club, where anniversary of the historical event was planned to be marked, was ordered to cancel a lease contract by secret service officers.

01.12.2008 Criminal cases against Yury Karetnikau and Mikhail Sharamet are terminated

On 21 November the former leader of the Right Alliance Yury Karetnikau received a letter from the office of the Prosecutor General. He was informed that the criminal case against him had been terminated.

01.12.2008 Court marshals seize Skrabets’ property again

The court marshals seized property from a former MP Siarhei Skrabets for the second time. They confiscated a kitchen unit, a sofa and other things for a total amount of 600 000 Belarusian rubles (about $282).

01.12.2008 Unidentified persons tear white-red-white flag at memorial action

Public figures visited Kurapaty memorial area to pay tribute to heroes of Slutsk uprising, repressed and killed under Stalin’s rule.

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