Will "Nasha Niva" and "Narodnaya Vola" Be Distributed again?
The "Narodnaya Vola" and "Nasha Niva" independent newspapers are getting back to the state monopolists" press distribution networks, Iosif Syaredzich, the "Narodnaya Vola" Editor-in-chief reports.
"The contents of contracts between the editorial and our partners are being elaborated now… We are having talks with "Belposhta" and "Belsayuzdruk" as well as with the "Belsayuzdruk" branches in the regions and the printing house," Iosif Syaredzich noted. He added that he had a meeting with the Director General of "Belarus' Printing House" State Enterprise last Friday. Reportedly, the latter confirmed that the enterprise lawyers had received an instruction to prepare the contracts for signing today.
Andrei Skurko, the "Nasha Niva" Editor-in-chief confirmed that he had received "a phone call from the President’s Office" and was advised "to address again to Belsayuzdruk and Belposhta". He noted that the required letters had already been sent and that the Editorial was looking forward to getting corresponding replies.
It should be mentioned that some on-line resources have reported on the existence of a non-paper, as if sent out by the Belarusian state officials to the EU structure, where the fact of getting back "Narodnaya Vola" and "Nasha Niva" to the state monopolist’s press distribution networks was presented. Also, the authors of the letter confirmed that the periodicals wouldn’t have problems with printing houses in Belarus anymore. (Actually, "Nasha Niva" hasn't had such a problem lately.)
It should be reminded that the Belarusian Association of Journalists has recently addressed to Uladzimir Makey, the Head of the Belarusian Presidential Office with a written request "to assist in solving problems, connected with distribution of independent social and political press" in the country. More than a dozen Editors-in-chief of Belarusian non-state periodical editions signed under the appeal.