Plainclothes militiamen tried to guard journalist to prosecutor’s office

2009 2009-09-24T20:00:33+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On September 23, an attempt to break into the apartment of a Radio Racyja correspondent from Brest Zmitser Kisel was made.

The journalist connects this incident with his professional activities and an attempt to guard him to a local prosecutor’s office, Radio Racyja reports.

Two unknown men in mufti tried to break into the apartment of Zmitser Kisel in the morning. They told the journalist they were going to guard him to the prosecutor’s office.

“These two men said I must have gone to the prosecutor’s office with them,” the journalist reminds. “I really received a summons from the prosecutor’s office, but the appointment was scheduled for September 24. I phoned them and said I had applied for a visa and I didn’t have a passport, so I wouldn’t able to come the prosecutor’s office. It’s funny when they began to use such methods. I feel in danger – I don’t know what happens next.”

Zmitser Kisel was summoned to the prosecutor’s office in connection with article 27 of the Administrative Code of Belarus (journalistic activity without accreditation). Kisel received telephone calls with threats in order to make him stop his activity.