SLONIM PRINTING PRESS REFUSED TO PRINT MESTNAYA GAZETA SHAG NEWSPAPER WHEN ON 17 JULY IT PUBLISHED MATERIALS OF BDG JOURNALISTS
The next day after materials, written by the BDG journalists, appeared on pages of Mestnaya Gazeta Shag newspaper, Anatol Lahutsik, director of Slonim printing press, annulled the contract. He referred to the fact, that “for technical reasons, the printing press has no possibilities to further print the newspaper”.
Mestnaya Gazeta Shag, Baranavichy independent newspaper, directly links that fact to the action of solidarity of their edition with BDG. Founder and chief editor Anatol Vaitsiakhowski told BAJ, the next day after Slonim printing press printed Mestnaya Gazeta Shag with BDG articles, it was visited by the state inspection. On Friday, Ludmila Edar, the printing press marketing manager, was fired. The printing press director Anatol Lahutsik got to hospital with a heart attack.
Sviatlana Kalinkina, BDG chief editor, says, “If earlier someone doubted that Information Ministry insisted on censorship in printing presses, now there is no ground for any doubts”.
Anatol Vaitsiakhowski says, this week they planned to publish two more issues of their newspaper with BDG materials.