Procuracy continues to persecute independent journalists

2009 2009-09-21T17:53:34+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Journalist from Homel Aleh Razhkou, a member of the Belarusian Association of Journalists received a summons to the Homel region prosecutor’s office on September 18.

As reports, prosecutor Alesya Rabtsava invites the journalist for a conversation as a witness on September 22.

At the beginning of the year, Rabtsava gave warning to Aleh Razhkou for “journalistic activity for Polish satellite TV channel Belsat without accreditation”.

Aleh Razhkou thinks the prosecutor is going to give him another warning. The journalist phoned the prosecutor’s office and was told it would be n ordinary prosecutor’s examination.

“It was turned out that the prosecutor has a complaint of a person, who didn’t want to tell his name,” Aleh Razhkou said. “This person allegedly complains that I interview him. I asked why I was summoned as a witness. They answered: “The facts written there are incorrect, so yoiu are summoned as a witness.” In other words, she needs to find out if I really interview that man.”

We remind that Alesya Rabtsava used the same method when issuing the first warning on February 24, 2009 on the ground of complaints of Valyantsina Maiseenka and Natallya Yahorava. The woman said their interview to Aleh Razhkou had been showed on Belsat channel, though they hadn’t given their permission.