Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuses to register Belarusian representation of BelSat TV

2009 2009-07-08T16:52:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The official reason is that one more document is needed to register the TV channel.

The BelSat director Agnieszka Romaszewska told this to the press service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

According to her, BelSat addressed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on registration issue for the second time about a month ago.

‘The documents were accepted, they said a week ago that they were being considered and everything was all right,’ Agnieszka Romaszewska said. ‘At the end of last week, we received a letter from the MFA saying they didn’t find a regulation on a news office, though we had given it in the packet of documents. We can send it again, if it is lost.’

BelSat applied to the MFA for registration of the channel as a representative office of Telewizja Polska (TVP) in Belarus for the first time on 20 December 2008.

The MFA suspended studying the documents in February referring to the fact the documents were filled incorrectly.

‘Considering opening a news office of BelSat TV channel in Belarus may be resumed after all remarks mentioned are corrected’, the notice of February 16 signed by deputy minister Valery Varanetski said.

‘We only see that they protract the process. But it could be forecasted,’ Agnieszka Romaszewska noted commenting on the second remark of the Belarusian MFA.