Editor of Mestnaya Gazeta Andrey Shantarovich Is Interrogated about His Hunger-strike

2004 2004-11-17T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 17 November the chief editor of the Mestnaya Gazeta newspaper Andrey Shantarovich was summoned to the police for explanations concerning “unauthorized action” – the hunger-strike of protest against the decision of the Ministry of Information to suspend the edition. The police were interested in the details of the hunger-strike and the fly-sheets with information about it that appeared in Vawkavysk.

On 17 November the new number of the newspaper wasn’t published. According to Shantarovich, Minsk printing house “Plutos” printed 2 500 copies and then stopped the printing because of “debt of the editorial board to the printing house”. Nobody informed Shantarovich in advance. The number concerns his hunger-strike as well as the hunger-strike of one more citizen of Vawkavysk, businessman M. Awtukhovich, the results of the Parliamentary election and the referendum.

According to Belarusian Association of Journalists