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Authorities Liquidate Publisher of the Kurier iz Borisova

2005 2005-09-27T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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The board of the Economic Court of Minsk Region did not grant the complaint by Barysau Independent Company Press-Service, reported Radio Liberty. We would like to remind that on 24 August the court ruled to liquidate the Press Service, which is the founder of the Kurier iz Borisova.
Press-Service decided to appeal against the verdict passed by Minsk Regional Economic Court, reported the chair of the board Zmitsier Aliaxandrau at the court sitting. On 24 August Judge Tamara Benchuk granted the suit filed by Minsk Regional Executive Committee that had initiated the liquidation of the founder of the independent newspaper Kurier iz Borisova.
The Press-Service head Anatol Udavichenka informed the court board that the verdict was not grounded. The company operated for three years without violations, he said. Andrei Lahachou, the representative of the legal department of the regional executive committee, in turn confirmed the earlier position that the Press-Service had violated the order of registration three years before that's why the registration should be cancelled.
The board with Mr. Aliaxandrau at the head supported the initiative and rejected the complaint by the Barysau company. At the same time, Anatol Udavichenka believes that this decision has a political coloring.
The last issue of the Kurier iz Borisova came out on 25 September, said Ms Atchanashanka, the newspaper editor. This issue had an interview with the deputy head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Eduard Melnikau who commented the ruling taken by the economic court: The Kurier iz Borisova is a good newspaper that provided to the residents of Barysau and Barysau district objective information about what is happening in the district, what is happening in the companies, what the people think, printed advertisements. What is wrong with that? However, this is not to the liking of the authorities. This is not the first case. Because all over Belarus more than two dozens of newspapers have been shut down over the past two years.

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