Prosecutor’s office warned Mahilou journalist for working for Belsat

2009 2009-08-21T19:51:14+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Volha Sharapkina is punished for activity without accreditation.

As Radio Svaboda reports, the journalist got a warning from the prosecutor’s office of the Chavusy district. According to Volha Sharapkina, the reason was her report about the children’s home in Chavusy shown on independent Belsat TV channel.

“Prosecutor of Chavusy Syarhei Kinau gave me the warning,” Volha Sharapkina tells. “He said I had the right to appeal against the warning. I am going to take legal advice. We made a report about a charity action in the children’s home. As I understood, they didn’t like that I had taken a report from a child, but the director hadn’t known about that. But I got a warning for another thing – for absence of accreditation, though my guilt wasn’t proven. They just placed me before the fact.”

We remind that independent Belarusian journalist Yan Roman got a warning from the KGB. He got an official warning for inadmissibility of illegal activity. According to the KGB, Yan Roman gave foreign mass media “wrong and biased information” about the social, economic, and political situation in Belarus. In accordance with the Criminal Code, a criminal case under article “Discrediting the Republic of Belarus” may be instigated against the journalist.