Pinsk: Non-state Newspaper Miastsovy Chas Gets No Information from Police and Authorities

2007 2007-01-12T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”


Receiving information from Pinsk city executive committee and police workers became problematical for a non-governmental social and political newspaper Miastsovy chas in Pinsk.

Last week an assistant policeman of Pinsk city police department refused to produce expected on-line information about town accidents to the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Viktar Iarashuk.

After the incident the journalist turned to the head of Minsk city police department Mikhail Tsialushka to ascertain the reason for refusal and solve the question of receiving information possibility in future. Still Mr. Tsialushka answered without explanations that the information will not be produced to the non-governmental newspaper anymore.

Workers of Pinsk city executive committee also refuse to give information to journalists of Miastsovy chas, the journalists of which were told that from now on they would receive information only on written permission of the CEC chairman or his deputies. According to the legal norms these officials have one month for giving an answer.

The BAJ Monitoring Service