Criminal case opened for a comment on website

2010 2010-04-29T23:25:45+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

In the comments to articles at website the Prosecutor-General’s Office discovered "insults and defamation".

It has been stated today at a press-conference by a journalist of website Natallya Radzina.

"Today a human rights activist Aleh Vouchak told me about initiation of a second criminal case for publications at website. The criminal case had been initiated by the Prosecutor-General’s Office in connection with... comments to the articles posted at the website. The matter concerns the article reproduced from the newspaper of Lukashenka's administration, "Sovetskaya Belorussia", which author was an Afghan war veteran Alyaksandr Ryzhankou, and which was written in keeping with the best traditions of Soviet propaganda: with condemnation to Afghan war veterans who oppose te regime and who refused to receive medals from Lukashenka's hands. This article caused indignation of many readers of the website," Natallya Radzina told.

The Co-chairmen of the Republican public association of Afghan war veterans “Fatherland Defenders” Aleh Vouchak and Alyaksandr Kamarouski have been summoned for interrogation to the Prosecutor-General’s Office already.

Natallya Radzina reminded that according to the laws in Europe, and recently in Russia as well, online media do not bear responsibility for comments of their readers.

"However we can expect almost anything in our country. There's no precedent for this. Today Internet is the only source of truthful information about the situation in our country. Bewsides, all over the world Internet not only informs people, but mobilizes them in the run-up to election campaigns. The regime has been obviously frightened by that. There was no coarse language in the comments. There was a general indignation by "mobbing" of principled people in state-run mass media," Natallya Radzina stated.

We remind that earlier as a part of another criminal case initiated for defamation of the former head of the KGB directorate of Homel region, Ivan Korzh, searches at the places of a number of independent journalists were held, and all their computers were seized. A real devastation was caused in the news office of website.