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THE NAVINKI NEWSPAPER RECEIVED TWO WARNINGS. The Ministry of Information warned the newspaper for spreading information, which offends the honor and dignity of the President and attempts on the morale of the citizens

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 21 and 22 of May the Ministry of Information issued two warning to The Navinki newspaper. The first warning is issued for 2 pictures of the president, published in issue #7 (86), “with comments of offensive nature, which is a violation of Art 5 of the Law “On Press and Other Mass Media”, i.e. spreading information which offences honor and dignity of the President of the Republic of Belarus”. It should be pointed out, that the first warning appeared the next day after Maskowski borough court of Minsk had fined the newspaper editor Pawluk Kanavalchyk 1,400 thousand BYR for the same publication.
The second warning was issued for the article “Opium for People”, published in issue #11 (90), and the title of an article in issue #8 (87), which “attempts at the morale of the citizens”.
According to the Belarusian legislation, two warnings under Art. 5 of the law on Press are enough to close down a newspaper.

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