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Members of Belarusian Association of Journalists warned by KGB

2006 2006-06-16T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Siarhei Niarouny and Mikalai Herdziy, journalists of the unregistered newspaper Volny Horad, were collecting information about the construction of an agriculture town in the village of Veraneiki (Mahiliou region), when they were approached by the local police officer major Piotr Zavadzki. He asked the journalists to get in the car, so that he could take them to the local village executive committee for a conversation, saying that it was not a detention. The journalists refused to do it, saying they would come there themselves. In the Executive Committee the officer asked to show their documents and photographers permits. 10 minutes later they were joined by a man, who named himself as Stanislau Harshkou and produced an ID of a KGB lieutenant. After the journalists explained what they were doing in Veraneiki, he said that they had not done anything unlawful, but in case there would be a riot after their departure, they would be persecuted as persons who agitate people. After that the journalists were released.
- We consider this an intimidation act, said Siarhei Niarouny.

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