In the detention center in Belarus remain the correspondent of “Deutsche Welle” in Minsk pavljuk Bykovskii and chief editor of the information Agency BelaPAN Irina Levshina, detained within the investigation of illegal access to paid information from the state Agency “BelTA”.
Most of the detainees on August 7-8, journalists of independent media have been released from-under guards, reports “Radio Freedom”.
So, during last night investigators released journalists Tut.by Anna Contigo, Anna Ermachenok, editor-in-chief tut.by Marina Zolotov. Previously was dismissed Galina Ulasik.
The investigative Committee of Belarus on this matter stated that during investigation obtained evidence, the testimony of suspects who are the “supporting facts”, which became the basis for excitation of criminal case under article “unauthorized access to computer information.” We are talking about unauthorized access to paid news the state news Agency BelTA.
Editor in chief Marina Zolotova, among other things, accused under article “the inaction of the officials”, because, according to investigators, she knew and didn’t stop such access of its employees.
Only in the criminal case are the representatives of the six editions of the publishing house “Belarusian science”, newspaper “Culture”, LLC “Ratby”, “ITV”, JSC “BelaPAN”, “Tutbay Media”.
Most of the detainees from the staff of independent media is now released under recognizance not to leave, under investigation, to them threatens till two years of imprisonment. Marina Zolotova – up to 5 years and deprivation of the right to occupy leadership positions.
“The government wants to control media, to prevent unwanted information and reviews. They have full control over the TV and radio. But the era of online media has created in the top leadership feeling that they are losing leverage. The most important task of the security forces – to intimidate, to reinforce self-censorship to control the media sector. And, in particular, tut.by and this is a very large resource which has great influence on the minds of Belarusians. So he came into sight,” – said in connection with arrests of journalists, the analyst of news Agency BelaPAN Alexander Klaskouski.