Radio “Racja” journalist summonsed to prosecutor's office

2012 2012-08-13T16:22:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Henadz Barbarych was handed a summons ordering to appear in a prosecutor's office on the previous day.

Dzmitry Pastayalka, who issued a prosecutor's warning to Tatsiana Belashova, wants to hear explanations of journalist Henadz Barbarych, the press service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) reports.

The Radio “Racja” journalist was given the summons on the next day after he was to appear in the prosecutor's office. Henadz Barbarych says he was not able to come for questioning, because he did not know about it.

“I found a notification in my mailbox saying I must receive a registered letter. It was a summons inviting me to visit the prosecutor's office and threatening to fine me for failure to appear,” the journalist said.

The last time when “Racja” journalists drew attention of the law-enforcement agencies was on 2 May, when their office in Minsk was raided. Secret service officers made Henadz Barbarych to give explanations, but no police reports were drawn up against the journalist. The seized equipment was returned a month later.

Radio “Racja” has its headquarters in Poland. Founded by representatives of the Belarusian diaspora in Poland and Belarusian journalists, it started broadcasting in Belarus in 1999. The radio station suspended its activity for three years in 2002. In 2006, the Belarusian Information Center was created in Bialystok and the work of Radio Racja was resumed. The radio station broadcasts on FM and on the  Internet. Radio “Racja” journalists have to work illegally in Belarus because the Ministry of Foreign Affairs repeatedly refused to give accreditation to the radio station.